Date of Award
Master of Science in Music Therapy
Dr. John Carpente
The purpose of this study was to explore the role of verbal skills as an intervention in music therapy practice in three models of music therapy: (a) analytical music therapy (AMT), (b) the Bonny method of guided imagery and music (BMGIM), and (c) Nordoff-Robbins music therapy (NRMT). Data were collected from three interviews that included each professional’s use of verbal skills in their respective model of music therapy. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Five themes emerged: (1) definitions of verbal intervention/verbal skills, (2) population dependent, (3) use of lyrics, (4) music as therapy vs music in therapy, (5) musical-verbal intervention relationship. Although future research in the area of verbal intervention definition and usage is needed, this study provided a foundation to encourage further research on verbal interventions in addition to music interventions to best serve the needs of clients in music therapy.
Ingram, Elizabeth, "The Role of Verbal Skills in Analytical Music Therapy, the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy" (2020). Theses & Dissertations. 92.