An arts-informed study: developing my identity as a new music therapist during the COVID-19 crisis
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AuthorGawricki, Jillian T.
KeywordResearch Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Music
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Music therapists -- Study and teaching
Music therapists -- Training of
Psychotherapy and music
Music -- Psychological aspects
COVID-19 (Disease) -- United States
COVID-19 (Disease) -- Psychological aspects
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AbstractThis arts-informed, first-person study examines the growth I have achieved as a new music therapist in vocal psychotherapy training, in my own personal therapy, and as a healthcare worker during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data in this study includes (a) poems I wrote based on these experiences, (b) an analysis of musical improvisations based on these experiences, and (c) the personal excerpts of my clinical experiences, and of my experiences creating these poems and musical improvisations. Through the analysis of the data, eight themes were identified: vocal psychotherapy - reflection, growth, and joy; personal therapy - apprehension, reflection, belonging, and growth; COVID-19 - fear, confusion, and chaos. These themes provide insight into my development as a new music therapy professional with generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety over the course of a year.
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