The Mexican corrido and its use in a music therapy bereavement group

The Mexican corrido and its use in a music therapy bereavement group

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the use of song writing in a group process with Mexican migrant farmworkers who had been in a serious van accident resulting in the deaths of two of their coworkers. The Mexican song form often used for telling the stories of the deceased was used as the structure for the song writing intervention. This song form provided a unique and culturally appropriate format for song writing in this context. This clinical example demonstrates one model of working within a culture-centered music therapy approach. The result of this work was a process through which the migrant farmworkers grew closer as a group and made connections with their friends who died. Additionally, the process resulted in a product, a recording of their song that would allow the therapeutic process to continue long after song writing had been concluded. Based on this clinical example, it is recommended that music therapists use song writing with a culture-centered approach to meet the needs of clients from other cultures experiencing grief.

 

Keywords: music therapy, Mexico, immigration, bereavement, song writing


Citation

Schwantes, M., Wigram, T., McKinney, C., Lipscomb, A., & Richards, C. (2011). The Mexican corrido and its use in a music therapy bereavement group. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 22, 2-20.


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Date published: July 2011