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Exploring The Role of Mindfulness in Music Therapy: A Qualitative Interview Study


Exploring The Role of Mindfulness in Music Therapy: A Qualitative Interview Study

Goldman, Dan Misha (2021) Exploring The Role of Mindfulness in Music Therapy: A Qualitative Interview Study. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Mindfulness as a concept and a practice has become ubiquitous amongst health professionals. However, only a small number of studies have investigated the use of mindfulness approaches within music therapy. The purpose of this study was to understand how mindfulness-meditation may influence a music therapist’s clinical practice. Three highly experienced music therapists, who each maintain a daily mindfulness-meditation practice, were interviewed. The semi-structured interviews were recorded, transcribed and analyzed according to Neuman’s (2006) qualitative data analysis techniques. Emergent themes were set within five overarching categories including: defining mindfulness, self-care, therapeutic presence, the use of mindfulness-oriented approaches within sessions, and recommendations to other music therapists. The results suggested that mindfulness may factor into clinical practice in both implicit and explicit ways, and that a mindful awareness may enhance therapeutic efficacy within a music therapy context. Implications for clinical practice and educational settings are discussed. Limitations of the study are also highlighted along with recommendations for future research.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Goldman, Dan Misha
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy)
Date:13 April 2021
Thesis Supervisor(s):Brault, Annabelle
Keywords:Gary Ansdell, Ginger Clarkson, Anja Tanhane, Music Therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Vipassana, Zen, Metta, Insight Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation, Buddhism, Alexander Technique, Nordoff-Robbins, Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy, Qualitative Research
ID Code:988232
Deposited By: Dan Misha Goldman
Deposited On:29 Jun 2021 21:14
Last Modified:29 Jun 2021 21:14


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