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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Pollard, Anne Francoise
URN etd-10072008-132209
Document Title Group music therapy in a paediatric oncology ward : working with a wide open group in a wide open space
Degree MMus
Department Music
Advisor Name Title
Prof M Pavlicevic Co-Supervisor
Mrs K Swart Supervisor
  • paediatric oncology
  • working moments
  • effective group therapy
  • wide open group
  • clinical skills
  • hospitalisation
  • social isolation
  • illness and health
  • group music therapy
Date 2008-04-09
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This mini-dissertation is structured as a clinical inquiry based on a detailed analysis of music therapy work with a wide open group at Kalafong Hospital’s paediatric oncology ward. The focus of this inquiry is to characterise ‘working moments’ within a wide open group music therapy context, that appears to be impacted by noise levels, group structures, and a generally busy and unpredictable physical environment. In addition, this clinical inquiry identifies clinical skills employed during ‘working moments’ with a wide open group.

Research methods of description, coding, categorising and theme identification are applied in the analysis of three video excerpts and corresponding sessions’ session notes. The chosen excerpts are based on a working definition of ‘working moments’.

The findings of this clinical inquiry suggest that characteristics of wide open groups include the following: Breaking social isolation and Shifting from illness to health. It furthermore identifies the roles and tasks of the therapist in a wide open music therapy group.

This mini-dissertation also includes a proposed research project that stems directly from the clinical inquiry.

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