Sharing my music with you: The Musical Presentation as a tool for exploring, examining and enhancing self-awareness in a group setting

M. Bensimon, D. Amir

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Abstract

Musical presentation (MP) is a diagnostic and therapeutic music therapy tool which focuses on the participant's emotional exploration and awareness-insight development. Using this tool people present themselves through music of their choice and subsequently receive feedback from their peers. This study investigates MP as a tool for enhancing self-awareness in the context of a voluntary activity that was integrated in courses for undergraduate students in order to demonstrate its possible uses. Open-ended in-depth interviews with 15 MP presenters and focus-group interviews with 41 MP peers who listened to the presentations were conducted. The Johari Window, which is a cognitive psychological model used to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships, served as a conceptual framework for this study. Qualitative analysis of the data showed that presenters' self-awareness was enhanced through the use of both music and words. As an accessible and creative tool, the MP can be used as a way for people in both therapeutic and non-therapeutic settings to present themselves via their music to a group and increase their self-awareness.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)259-277
JournalThe Journal of Creative Behavior
Volume44
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010

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