Dorothy Brin Crocker: Her contributions to the field of music therapy
Mansfield, Deborah C.
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The purpose of this study was to determine how the contributions of Dorothy Brin Crocker may have impacted the field of music therapy. Interviews were conducted with the subject, family members, and colleagues. Information was also gathered through examination of Crocker's writings during the years 1950–1970 about music therapy. Findings indicated that Dorothy Brin Crocker influenced the field of music therapy in a number of ways, including her techniques with children with emotional disturbances, her philosophy of practice, her support of research and educational standards, as well as her presence as an early role model for women music therapists. The researcher concluded that the contributions of Dorothy Brin Crocker are of historical significance to those studying the beginning stages of the profession.