• Gitte Møller Them
4. semester, Musikterapi, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
This master thesis investigates the meaning and importance of affective microattunements between music therapists and adult clients with severe acquired brain injury, and furthermore, what part music plays in these attunement processes. To gain knowledge of this field of study, qualitative approaches based on hermeneutics and phenomenology are chosen. As a theoretical foundation theories about ‘affect attunement’ from Daniel Stern and Susan Hart will be presented, since these people’s publications elucidate the phenomenon from both developmental- and psychotherapeutic aspects; including the terms tunings and misattunements. A systematic literature search is completed to reveal sources that, addresses affect attunement processes in music therapy contexts. Subsequently a multiple case study, with two cases, is included to examine clinical perspectives of the specific client group of interest. The two cases consists of selected videoclips from two clients in individual music therapy sessions with each their therapist. This empirical data will be microanalysed qualitatively in the search of various types of affect attunements occurring during musical interventions, as well as meanings and importance of these and the musical aspects.

The inquiry shows that, affective microtunings and microattunements are of great importance when it comes to contact, communication and the creation of alliance with clients with severe acquired brain injury. The therapists’ sensitive perception of even subtle signals from the clients can, in the musical frame, give these people optimal conditions of being heard, since their expressions with musical parameters can be expanded and ascribed intentionality and meaning. Thus, the clients are enabled to actively participate in musical interaction, and thereby to take active part in intersubjective relationships.  
Udgivelsesdato31 maj 2014
Antal sider65
ID: 198352182