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Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy: A Monograph Series




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This study explores what occurred between a mother and her son with high-functioning autism who were seen for 24 sessions at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University. This was the first time that a parent and child had been seen in music therapy sessions at the center in which the parent was an active participant. The study was conducted one and one-half years after the sessions had concluded. The prima-ry data sources included the 24 sessions on videotape, transcripts from interviews with the mother and each therapist, therapist index sheets and notes, treatment summary re-ports, and parent conference reports. The findings support the value of including parents in the treatment of their children. In this course of therapy, relationship issues between parent and child were brought to the forefront where they could be explored through par-ticipation in musical experiences. The findings also specifically demonstrated how Nor-doff-Robbins music therapy practices were applied to a new treatment context. Informa-tion regarding roles in the therapy, the value of drama and performance in therapy, and the role of music in this setting was examined.

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