Date of Award
Master of Science in Music Therapy
Dr. Seung-A Kim
Arts-based research is emerging and becoming prominent in music therapy. The intention of this arts-based research study was to explore, experience, and gain awareness of the therapeutic relationship of a client and therapist engaged in music therapy through client and therapist journals. This study looked at several elements of artistic expression of music therapy, such as the aesthetic components of verbal journaling and musical portraits. The journals were mixed to create songs that illuminated the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. The relationship between words and music were analyzed aesthetically to explore the congruence and conflict between the harmony and the lyrics of these song creations. As a result, two songs emerged: There’s a Difference and Not by Yourself. Detailed musical and lyrical analyses are included to illustrate both client and therapist process and reflection of improvisational music therapy sessions. Gaining a deeper understanding of client experiences in music therapy can offer a need for future arts-based research studies wherein music is the artistic medium. These songs can be engaged with at: https://soundcloud.com/michael-kelliher-10539286
Kelliher, Michael MT-BC, "A Closer Exploration of Therapeutic Relationship through a Musical Mediuem: An Arts-Based Research Study" (2017). Theses & Dissertations. 64.