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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Tiran, Ilse
Email ilse.tiran@gmail.com
URN etd-11052012-131537
Document Title Musicking through transition : first-year international students' experiences of creative improvisation in group music therapy sessions
Degree MMus
Department Music
Advisor Name Title
Prof M Pavlicevic Co-Supervisor
Mrs H Oosthuizen Supervisor
  • first-year international students
  • transition to university
  • musicking
  • expression through music
  • creative improvisation
  • group music therapy
  • collaborative musicking
  • group groove
  • interpersonal connection
  • developing relationships through music
Date 2012-04-17
Availability unrestricted
This qualitative study explores the experiences of creative improvisation in music therapy sessions of a group of 12 first-year international students. The students took part in a group music therapy process which consisted of eight sessions. Music therapy is explored as a possible approach for offering first-year international students valuable social, emotional and psychological support in light of literature findings that note the continuous struggles faced by international students in their transition to university.

Data collection was in the form of a focus group interview, which was conducted after the final session, and two video excerpts from different sessions within the process. I drew on these data sources to explore how music is used as a medium for expressing and sharing first-year experiences, and how the group music therapy sessions afford students opportunities for the development of mutually supportive relationships. Data were coded, then categorised and in this process, themes emerged. The emergent themes suggest that creative improvisation in group music therapy sessions facilitates moving from disconnection to building more friendships and deeper relationships; creates a platform for increasing openness towards exploring, expressing and sharing experiences and emotions concerning being a first-year international student; and how music as an alternative medium to verbal and/or other expression for expressing and interacting, allows for this expression of emotions and experiences, and connection in the group. The findings indicate that it was in expressing and sharing their experiences with one another through musicking that students were able to develop mutually supportive relationships.

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Please cite as follows:

Tiran, I 2011, Musicking through transition : first-year international students' experiences of creative improvisation in group music therapy sessions, MMus dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-11052012-131537 / >


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