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The perception and practice of community music therapy in Ireland

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Show simple item record Murphy, Leah 2018-07-12T11:09:26Z 2018-07-12T11:09:26Z 2018
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The community music therapy (CoMT) approach is increasingly recognised as a valid way of working with clients in the context of their culture and society. Many descriptions and vignettes of CoMT have been presented internationally which illustrate the various forms it can take, but there is no information on its prevalence or practice in Ireland. My research takes the form of an investigation into Irish examples of, and attitudes to CoMT; how it might be influenced by Irish culture and tradition; how Irish music therapists practicing CoMT place themselves vis a vis the consensus model and vis a vis community music; the extent to which CoMT in Ireland includes elements of social activism; and how practice in Ireland compares with other music therapy practices internationally. The necessary data was gathered by means of a questionnaire which was distributed via e-mail to music therapists registered with IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapies) and through interviews with five music therapists who identify to varying degrees with CoMT. The results show different levels of awareness of CoMT among Irish music therapists. Many therapists in the survey reported feeling uneasiness that some of the work they were carrying out did not fit the consensus model of clinical music therapy, but at the same time did not feel that their understanding of CoMT was deep enough to allow them to identify whether their practice falls under that heading. However, the experiences recounted by therapists suggest that CoMT could be well suited to the Irish context. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Bergen Open Access Publishing en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy ;18 (2)
dc.subject community music therapy en_US
dc.subject community en_US
dc.subject ireland en_US
dc.subject social activism en_US
dc.title The perception and practice of community music therapy in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.15845/voices.v18i2.947
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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