Journal of Music Therapy

The Journal of Music Therapy focuses on publishing scholarly article that advance the field of music therapy through multiple different means. These articles have a variety of research approaches; they can be quantitative, historical or theoretical and can range from specific effects to professional fields to more general foundational topics. The most recent issue from the Summer of 2013 presents an article promoting mixed methods research in music therapy, as well as articles at focus on specific empirical studies, such as the effect of music therapy on emotional-approach coping.

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  1. Here are the three most recent rhythm-related articles:

    1) LaGasse, A. B. (2013). Influence of an external rhythm on oral motor control in children and adults. Journal of Music Therapy, 50(1), 6-24.

    This study looked at the use of rhythm to facilitate speech output in children and adults. The purpose of the study was twofold–to test the use of the limb motor response model for testing oral motor entrainment and to establish data on oral motor entrainment across ages. Participants repeated a bilabial syllable while upper lip, lower lip and jaw kinematics were examined using the motor response model under conditions with differing rhythmic auditory stimulus. Feasibility of this measure was supported by the results and data indicated that children and adults could equally entrain oral motor movements to the external auditory stimulus.

    2) Daveson, B. (2011). Investigating the dimension of time: Findings from a modified grounded theory study about clients’ experiences and descriptions of temporality or time within music therapy. Journal of Music Therapy, 48(1), 28-54.

    This study sought to examine music therapy clients’ experiences and descriptions of time within their therapy. Content from the public domain was analyzed followed by data-mining from 160 clients and analysis of at least 43 of these clients. Findings emphasized the importance of time orientation and temporal connectedness for identity development, the use of temporal strategies within music with respect to information recall, and the importance of time modification. It was concluded that temporal experience is important in both music therapy practice and research.

    3) Gadberry, A. L. (2011). Steady beat and state anxiety. Journal of Music Therapy, 48(3), 346-356.

    This study asked whether listening to a steady beat would reduce the amount of anxiet experienced in the present moment, known as state anxiety. Experimental anxiety was induced in subjects, with some subjects sitting in silence and others listening to 66 beats per minute. A significant difference was found between groups–subjects listening to the beat reported less anxiety, suggesting that a cost-effective and accessible means for self-regulation of anxiety is a steady beat.

    • Add the citations and these abstracts to the bibliography. By the end of this project, you will use a summary of the review for the final version of the main journal post. In the meanwhile, you can keep it here for reference, if that is useful.

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