Title

Multicultural Considerations in Music Therapy Research

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2016

Journal Title or Book Title

Music Therapy Research (3rd Edition)

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Abstract

Our society has become more diverse in the past decade, as evidenced by the influx of immigrants, multiracial and minority groups, and the increasing age gap between generations (Population Reference Bureau, 2015). Consequently, culture has been regarded as a significant construct among researchers. By proposing Culture-Centered Music Therapy, Stige (2002) encourages “all music therapists [to be] more culture-centered in their work and thinking, not by labeling their work as such but integrating cultural perspectives in their thinking” (p. 5). As our own worldviews influence all aspects of music therapy (Dileo, 2000; Wheeler & Baker, 2010), cultural factors provide a significant foundation to all music therapy research. With this perspective, music therapy researchers are essentially multicultural researchers. Moreover, this professional role is not only part of a scholarly endeavor, but also “our ethical and moral obligation” (Vera & Speight, 2003, p. 270).

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