Percussion in music therapy: An instructional manual based on analysis of the related literature




Matney, Bill

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The purpose of this study was twofold. First, the researcher conducted a content analysis of literature in music therapy and related fields, including those works that discussed the use of percussion in music therapy. Through this analysis, the researcher attempted to answer the questions “Why is percussion used in music therapy,” and “How is percussion used in music therapy.” Second, the researcher created an instructional manual that describes the history, performance techniques, therapeutic functions, and therapeutic techniques of percussion instruments common to music therapy practice. The manual was based on (1) the findings of the content analysis, (2) the experiences of the researcher as a music therapist, (3) the experiences of the researcher as a percussionist, and (4) the experiences of the researcher as a percussion and music therapy teacher.*

*This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following system requirements: Windows MediaPlayer or RealPlayer.



Health and environmental sciences, Communication and the arts, Psychology, Music therapy, Percussion