A heuristic study on music-centered supervision
Doak, Timothy D.
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SubjectResearch Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education::Music education; Music therapy -- Study and teaching; Music therapy for children; Imagery (Psychology) -- Therapeutic use; Music -- Psychological aspects; Music therapists -- Supervision of; Music therapists -- Training of
This first-person study investigated how a music-centered (Modified Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music) supervision contributed to understanding the role of music therapy when working with clients diagnosed with a Disorder of Consciousness during a Masters Fellowship. Data was collected from three sources; a) transcriptions from Dr. Heather Wagner and Ms. Madelaine Ventre, b) personal experience, c) and mandalas drawn during the supervision session. This data was analyzed to answer the following research questions; “How does music-centered supervision help deepen my understanding of working with children diagnosed with Disorders of Consciousness?” and “What do my mandalas reveal about my experience working with children diagnosed with Disorders of Consciousness?” Qualitative methods of interrogation, interpretation, and triangulation were utilized in order to discover the answers to the research questions. Through careful analysis of the data, four themes were present during the music-centered supervision process: nurturance and containment, preparation, discomfort, and new energy. Each theme provided a deeper understanding to the various stages of the supervision process. This study also provides evidence of the benefits of music-centered supervision for music therapists, especially during their studies and training.
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