Music Therapy and Avatars: Reflections on Virtual Learning Environments for Music Therapy Students
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Keywords

Music Therapy Education
technology
Online education
Second Life

How to Cite

Story, K. (2014). Music Therapy and Avatars: Reflections on Virtual Learning Environments for Music Therapy Students. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v14i1.722

Abstract

Music therapy students have expressed concerns regarding their general preparedness for practicum and working with new populations. Simulations in the immersive virtual world, Second Life, may provide a platform to assist in training music therapy students and enhance preparedness. This project examined the feasibility of utilizing Second Life to assist in training music therapists. Music therapy practicum students enrolled in a music therapy equivalency program participated in weekly one hour virtual class meetings in Second Life, which included 5 sessions of music therapy simulations. At the end of the semester, students were interviewed in relation to their experiences, and interviews were analyzed qualitatively. Common themes among students were limitations of Second Life software, student’s knowledge of software, emotional reactions (both positive and negative), and distance learning.  
https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v14i1.722
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