A Descriptive Study of the Practice of Music Therapy in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF THE PRACTICE OF MUSIC THERAPY IN HONG KONG By LAM HOI YAN April, 2007 04002865 ABSTRACT The purpose of the study was to examine the development of music therapy in Hong Kong. Specifically, a number of related issues were studied including definition of music therapy, the origin of music therapy, the recent developments in music therapy in China, establishment of a music therapy session, and the setting of therapeutic goals and the use of techniques in the professional practices of music therapy. Data were obtained by interviewing local music therapists, focusing on the current professional status and practice of music therapy in Hong Kong.…show more content…
therapists in Hong Kong. At that time, there were only three music There are twelve registered music therapists practicing locally at the moment, serving a more diversified population of clients including people with autism, developmental retardation, emotion problem, cancer, as well as psychiatric patients and geriatrics. The increasing number of specialists in the field and the popularity of music therapy over the ten years have shown that interest in and demand of the subject among the general public and the professionals had grown a lot. This paper is going to describe and analyze the practice of music therapy and evaluate this profession as a possible career in Hong Kong. It will investigate the function of music therapy, look into the common therapeutic techniques used in music therapy practice and study the limitations of and prospects for music therapy in Hong Kong. By interviewing with current music therapists, evaluation of the status and function of music therapy in Hong Kong will be shown in. In the last section, discussion on the challenges of developing music therapy and suggestions on further developing music therapy in Hong Kong will be drawn in the following context. 3 Very little research has been done on music therapy locally. There was one thesis titled The Use of Music Therapy In The Treatment Of Autistic Children With Special Reference To Hong Kong
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