Date of Defense
For a number of years, differences have existed in the training of music therapists. In some countries, music therapists are trained first and foremost as musicians, and secondly as therapists. Other countries allow music therapy to be practiced by music psychologists, physicians, or educators. Both sides employ varying arguments. Bunt (1988) feels that therapists are either experienced musicians with minimal training in developmental, therapeutic skills, or experienced clinicians lacking in many areas of musical expertise. Bunt further delineates between the two schools of thought by describing how one music therapist may use improvisation to interact with a client and his thoughts, while another music therapist may use pre-composed music, either live or recorded to stimulate discussion.
Flink, Sara F., "The Effect of Live Music Versus Tape-Recorded Music on Participation Rates of Two Populations" (1990). Honors Theses. 1610.
Honors Thesis-Open Access