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An Arts-Informed Qualitative Research Synthesis Into Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy: Researcher Reflections

By: Katherine Wimpenny & Anthony Meadows Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Although clinical improvisation continues to be an important focus of music therapy research and practice, less attention has been given to integrating qualitative research in this area. As a result, this knowledge base is diffuse and contained within specific areas of practice rather than through the broad lens of multiple practices, settings, and approaches.

In this case study, we profile, synthesize, and represent qualitative research regarding the ways music therapists engage in, and make meaning from, clinical improvisation. We share the synthesis process, highlighting how qualitative research synthesis was used to analyze, synthesize, and interpret the findings from robust qualitative studies that address the research theme. Furthermore, as a conduit for broadening dialogues, opening up the landscape more fully, and sharing our response to the analysis ...

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