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Multiple Perspectives: A Guide to Qualitative Research in Music Therapy

Author : Henk Smeijsters

Multiple Perspectives: A Guide to Qualitative Research in Music Therapy
ISBN : 9780962408076
E-ISBN : 9781937440046


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A comprehensive and insightful survey of existing approaches to qualitative research in music therapy. The author begins by comparing qualitative and quantitative paradigms; he then introduces the reader to single-case designs. In the rest of the book, Dr. Smeijsters provides a probing and thoughtful analysis of ten examples of qualitative research, pointing out significant theoretical and methodological issues, while also offering sensitive and personal commentary on each approach. Drawing upon his extensive experience in clinical music therapy research, he gives enormous breadth and depth of perspective to the diversity already evident in the field. Reading the book is like taking a journey through the forest with a guide continually pointing out what to notice. The language is straightforward, and the dialogue is personal. This book is certainly one of the landmarks in the forest. (1997, Paperback, 266 pages: $28).

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface ix
Part I: Qualitative Research in General  

 

1. Benefits and Limitations of Quantitative Research 
Introduction
Quantitative Research
Quantitative Single-Case Research
Conclusion

3
2. Characteristics of Qualitative Research

Differences between the Quantitative and Qualitative Paradigms
Qualitative Research Techniques
Conclusion

13

3. Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Single-Case Research

Qualitative Single-Case Research
Nonscientific Case Studies
Scientific Case Studies
A Common Ground for Research Criteria?
Rules and Guidelines in Qualitative Research
The Music Therapist as Researcher
Qualitative or Quantitative Research?
Conclusion

25
Part II: Examples of Qualitative Research in Music Therapy  
 

4. The Search for Meaning and Relevance:
Phenomenology
General Principles
Methods

51
5. Grounded Theory 

General Principles
Grounded Theory in Music Therapy Research

63

6. Formation and Transformation of Gestalts: 

Morphology
General Principles
Morphological Research in Music Therapy

79
7. Writing Stories 

 

 

Introduction
Philosophical and Methodological Background
The Field of Play

91
8. Resonating with the Music Therapy Process 

Introduction
The Resonator Function

103

9. Researchers as Instruments 

The Process of Qualitative Research
Modes of Consciousness
Authenticity

 

10. Constructing the Clients Experience 

Master Clinicians as Researchers
Using Constructs

136

11. Researchers as Coactors 

Introduction
The Research Method
Diagnostic Themes (Focus Points)
And Treatment
Outcomes

152

12. Miscellaneous Qualitative Research Designs 

A Method of Analyzing Improvisations
Studying the Musical Dialogue in
Single-Case Process Research
Meaningful Episodes

167
13. A Continuing Dialogue 

Qualitative Research in Music Therapy:  An overall Picture
Dialogues
Topics in the Qualitative Research Discussion

189

Epilogue

211
References 213
Index 225