The intimate simplicity of group singing: A reflection of practice.

The intimate simplicity of group singing: A reflection of practice.

Abstract

Reflexivity is an integral component of professional healthcare practice that stimulates questions, fosters professional growth, and promotes change. This article discusses a music therapist’s reflexive processes in relation to a spontaneous group singing session for residents with dementia. The author used Shoemark’s (2009) illustration of reflexive practice and research to guide the reflexivity. By defining the process and impacts of reflexivity, it is the author’s objective to assist others to develop reflexive skills. This includes applying four lenses: self, theory, practice and evidence to further understand the clinical experience. Considerations and observations including the simplicity of singing together, the experience as a moment of shared humanity, the value of group singing and music therapy within the context of successful aging are discussed.

 

Keywords: reflexivity, group singing, dementia, music and health


Citation

Delany, A. (2015). The intimate simplicity of group singing: A reflection of practice. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 26, 74-86.


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Date published: July 2015