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Music and Imagery as a Method for Mindfulness: Exploration of Music Therapy Interns' Experiences  

Kim, Young Shil (Ewha Music Wellness Center)
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Journal of Music and Human Behavior / v.15, no.2, 2018 , pp. 93-114 More about this Journal
This study aimed to investigate the use of music and imagery (MI) as a method for promoting mindfulness. A total of 11 music therapy interns participated in an MI group over 8 weeks. Statements from participants during the program were transcribed and analyzed using the method of modified grounded theory. The results showed that the participants' statements fell into three categories: awareness, acceptance, and distancing. For each category, subcategories were identified. For the category of awareness, the subcategories were emotion, sensation, and thoughts. For the acceptance category, the subcategories were facing and broadening viewpoints. For the distancing category, the subcategories were dissociation from emotions. Each subcategory was further analyzed. The results showed that the participants' experiences were similar to one another in terms of type but differed in terms of dimension varied. These results support the use of MI for increasing mindfulness and reducing burnout in music therapy interns. Further studies are recommended to investigate the factors for the experience of mindfulness induced by MI processes.
music and imagery; mindfulness; modified grounded theory; music therapy interns; burnout;
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