Lori Fogus Gooding

Book Review: An Introduction to Music Therapy Research

Lori Fogus Gooding


An Introduction to Music Therapy Research, edited by Barbara Wheeler and Kathleen Murphy, is a 20-chapter that provides overview of how research has been conceived and implemented in music therapy. The text is geared to those beginning their studies in music therapy and as such address all stages of research, beginning with foundational aspects like selection of a topic before moving to a more detailed presentation of specific research components like data analysis and interpretation of results. Objectivist (qualitative) and interpretivist (quantitative research) theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and methods are included in the book, as well as information on mixed methods research and important historical, ethical, and multicultural considerations.


music therapy research; objectivist; interpretivist

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Wheeler, B. L. (1995). Music therapy research: Quantitative and qualitative perspectives. TX: Barcelona Publishers.

Wheeler, B. L., & Murphy, K. M. (Eds.). (2016). Music therapy research (3rd ed.). Dallas, TX: Barcelona Publishers.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15845/voices.v18i1.949


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