Date of Award
Master of Science in Music Therapy
Dr. Barbara Wheeler
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to conduct a holistic investigation into the role of songs in music therapy in the lives of adults who have developmental disabilities. Four music therapists with experience with this population participated in open-ended interviews about the role of songs with their clients. McFerran and Grocke’s (2007) method of qualitative interview analysis was used to find the individual and collective essences of the participants’ experiences. Four global themes were associated with the role of songs in relation to clients: developing familiarity and attachment; receiving safety and stability; bringing out the able, engaged individual; and joining the interpersonal, collective world. Implications for developmental music therapy with this population are discussed.
Razzano, Gregory, "The Role of Songs in Music Therapy with Adults who have Developmental Disabilities" (2015). Theses & Dissertations. 20.