A Closer Exploration of Therapeutic Relationship Through a Musical Medium: An Arts-based Research Study
Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy
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 examined 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.
Music and Health Institute Terms
Composition; Improvisation; Music in Combination with Other Techniques; Music Therapy; Song Communication; Song Improvisation; Songwriting
Psychotherapy; Therapists; Journals; Studies; Dissertations & theses; Researchers; Art; Mental health; Research & development; Hip hop music; Values; New York; Canada
Case Study; Qualitative Methods
Kelliher, M. (2019). A Closer Exploration of Therapeutic Relationship Through a Musical Medium: An Arts-based Research Study. Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy, 14 (1) Retrieved from https://remix.berklee.edu/mhi-music-mental-health/470