Music Therapy with Children and Adolescents in Mainstream Schools: A Systematic Review
AuthorCarr, C; Wigram, T
Source TitleBritish Journal of Music Therapy
University of Melbourne Author/sWIGRAM, ANTHONY
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsCarr, C. & Wigram, T. (2009). Music Therapy with Children and Adolescents in Mainstream Schools: A Systematic Review. British Journal of Music Therapy, 23 (1), pp.3-18. https://doi.org/10.1177/135945750902300102.
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This article identifies existing research and clinical activity utilising music therapy with mainstream children, as well as a potential need for music therapy with this client group. A systematic review was undertaken of music therapy literature relating to work with children in mainstream schools: 60 papers were identified, 12 of which were outcome studies. Statistical and government data provide a background to the current status and needs of children in the UK. The emotional and social wellbeing needs of children have been identified as a priority to be addressed by the UK government. However, further research, service-planning and reorganisation is required. There is evidence that music therapy is used with children in mainstream schools both in the UK and abroad. Current literature suggests that music therapy is an effective intervention. The review demonstrates that further research is required if music therapy is to be considered an effective intervention to address the needs of mainstream schoolchildren.
KeywordsPerforming Arts and Creative Writing
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