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Wise Therapists Say: A Qualitative Research Study


Wise Therapists Say: A Qualitative Research Study

Minevich, Samuel H. (2018) Wise Therapists Say: A Qualitative Research Study. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the perspectives of experienced music therapists regarding their career longevity in the field. This study further aimed to determine if themes relating to career longevity in music therapy would emerge when gathering perspectives of experienced music therapists. Modified grounded theory was used to examine semi-structured interviews with four music therapists with 20 or more years of experience. The participants consisted of four music therapists drawn from members of the Canadian Association of Music Therapists. The results of the study were divided into four categories: The surveyed music therapists’ educational background and motivations to become music therapists; music therapist participant’s reported sources of struggle throughout their music therapy careers; music therapist’s perceived important factors contributing to their own career longevity; and music therapist participants’ advice to emerging music therapists, with descriptive statements describing career longevity among music therapists as the final product. Results of the study suggest that self-care, adaptability, advocacy, and commitment to music therapy as a unique mode of intervention were considered significant to career longevity in music therapy practice. Interpretations as well as potential implications for practice, education and research are discussed.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Minevich, Samuel H.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy)
Date:12 April 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Vaillancourt, Guylaine
Keywords:Music Therapy, Career Longevity, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Interview
ID Code:983735
Deposited On:11 Jun 2018 01:18
Last Modified:11 Jun 2018 01:18


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