Music therapy in an early intervention centre for children who have cochlear implants : a research dissertation in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Masters of Music Therapy, New Zealand School of Music, Wellington, New Zealand
This research paper presents qualitative study using exploratory research as
the framework. The aim of this research was to describe the music therapy
interaction between children with cochlear implants and a music therapy student
working in an early intervention program, and to open avenues for future research.
The families/parents of three secondary participants gave informed consent for the
use of their children’s clinical data, including video footage of sessions, for research
purposes. The findings highlight the complexities and the potential strengths and
difficulties associated with the use of group music therapy to promote audition and
language development in young children who have cochlear implants, in an early
intervention program. However, the findings suggest that music therapy in this
context can be used to support family relationships, participation, vocalisation,
singing and self-confidence.