Testing the MAP: A graphic method for describing and analyzing music therapy sessions

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The music therapy analyzing partitura (MAP) is a method that was recently proposed to visually describe and analyze music therapy sessions. The main objective of this study was to examine the method and to see if it was in fact clear and usable to music therapists (MTs). Twenty-six experienced and inexperienced MTs were exposed to a MAP and to a written verbal description of the same session. Under a time limitation, they answered informative questions regarding the session and, in addition, indicated the potential of each of the descriptions to raise and analyze research questions. It was found that MTs could easily understand the MAP code. When using the MAP, they correctly answered significantly more questions in comparison with the verbal condition. MTs indicated that the MAP had better analyzing potential than the verbal description. Suggestions for future development of the MAP, as well as its possible implications to arts therapists at large, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-320
Number of pages12
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007


  • Cartography
  • Clinical analysis
  • Graphic notation
  • Music therapy
  • Musical notation


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