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PhD Thesis: Sanne Storm: Research into the Development of Voice Assessment in Music Therapy

PhD Thesis: Sanne Storm: Research into the Development of Voice Assessment in Music Therapy

This study was a research into the development of a voice assessment profile (VOIAS), which is able to document change over time according to the principles of evidence-based practice in a valid and reliable way, as well as provide relevant information for clinical music therapy practice and the interdisciplinary teams.

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Sanne Storm: Research into the Development of Voice Assessment in Music Therapy.

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Summary Sanne Storm: Research into the Development of Voice Assessment in Music Therapy.

This study was a research into the development of a voice assessment profile (VOIAS), which is able to document change over time according to the principles of evidence-based practice in a valid and reliable way, as well as provide relevant information for clinical music therapy practice and the interdisciplinary teams. Already a preliminary literature search showed that no such profile within music therapy existed, and only very sparse research within music therapy focusing on and involving the human voice. The impact of this discovery was that I had to construct such a voice assessment profile as well as the procedures around it myself. Therefore the literature review was focused on gathering formation about possible vocal parameters, and selecting and defining these in order to build a quantitative profile for evaluating the human voice in music therapy. Furthermore, I have found it important also to look into clinical literature focusing on the human voice as a primary instrument within music therapy, as well as reviewing very focused studies of the voice in other fields and professions outside music therapy. This review focused on extracting vocal parameters according to the descriptions of focus for listening to the human voice. The literature review revealed a significant lack of attention towards the human voice within music therapy and at the same time the voice as a possible source for information about effects and emotional states of a client.

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