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Exploring the Experiences of Students in the Final Stage of Music Therapy Training

Author(s): Selina Smyth | Jane Edwards

Journal: Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy
ISSN 1504-1611

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2009;
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This study investigates the experiences of three students reaching the completion of a two year Masters in Music Therapy program. Three students enrolled in a music therapy graduating class participated in individual interviews. Five themes emerged from the analysis of the interview data about these experiences. These were characterised by a) "strong" feelings and emotions, b) challenges, c) changes in lifestyle, d) coping and e) enjoyment. This information may offer people interested in studying music therapy in the future some insights and may be useful to educators to consider refining what is offered in programmes. Qualified practitioners may use this material to reflect on their own experiences of study and the transition from student to professional life.
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