Uniting the work of community musicians and music therapists through the health-care continuum: A grounded theory analysis

Uniting the work of community musicians and music therapists through the health-care continuum: A grounded theory analysis

Abstract

In some contexts, there is a strong relationship between music therapy and community music practices, especially as music therapy discourse focuses increasingly on notions of community, culture, and context. The aim of the present research was to investigate this relationship, as it manifested through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with music therapists and musicians who worked in community contexts in Victoria, Australia. The grounded theory research method informed the theoretical sampling technique used, as well as the analysis and presentation of results. The following article presents the main result of this study, which is a theory that is offered as one interpretation of the relationship between the community work of music therapists and musicians. The overarching framework for this theory is the construct of health-care as a continuum, involving stages of illness/crisis, rehabilitation, community and well-being. This construct is particularly useful for music therapists and community musicians to consider how they can best support the music participant in each of these stages. It also offers an explanation of the relationship between music therapy and community music, although limited by the self-report of the research participants and their collectively small geographic location. Future directions for research are discussed.

 

Keywords: community music, community music therapy, grounded theory, health-continuum


Citation

O'Grady, L., & McFerran, K. (2007). Uniting the work of community musicians and music therapists through the health-care continuum: A grounded theory analysis. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 18, 62-86.


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Date published: July 2007