• Signe Skau Pedersen
4. term, Music Therapy, Master (Master Programme)
The aim of this phenomenologically inspired qualitative single case study, is to explore what music therapeutic voice improvisations can say about a woman's sense of self, and ability to set boundaries. This woman has experienced domestic violence. It is also explored what her relational patterns can have of impact on this. It is also sought to discuss sense of self, boundaries and relational patterns, within the theoretical background of the thesis, as well as additional literature. This is to gain as nuanced an understanding of this study and its problem field as possible.

This thesis is based on my 9th. Semester internship, at Shelter for abused women in Aalborg, a privately owned shelter. The shelter offers protection and help to process the experience of the abuse, to women that cannot stay in their homes, as well as acute counsel to the women who may need it, even though they do not stay at the shelter. My client was enrolled in acute counseling, and was referred to music therapy through that. A common theme, appearing again and again were lack of boundaries, and when I experienced the same theme with my client, M., I became curious as to what I could discover about the theme in the context of relation-based music therapy. As I am exploring what voice improvisations can have of influence on the client, the theoretical background, on which this thesis is written, is amongst others written by Storm (2023), Wallin (2007), Austin (2008) and Hart (2006).

To gain an answer to my problem formulation, I used a phenomenologically inspired microanalysis of the music therapy improvisations in three different videoclips from the course of music therapy sessions with M. The method in use is developed by Gro Trondalen (2007) and consists of 9 steps, providing a broad understanding of the clip, and the case of which the clip is from. As part of the analysis, the clips are transcribed in the program ELAN, focusing on the voices of the therapist and the client.

Throughout the process, working on this thesis I have found that the voice-oriented music therapy has had an effect on the client's development of sense of self and the ability to set boundaries. With the help of the relation-based music therapeutic work with body and voice, the client has been supported in the development of her core self, and by that a better sense of self. The improved sense of self acts as a stepping stone for an improved ability to set healthy boundaries, within the setting of the music therapy, as well as in her everyday life. The client´s relational patterns have been pivotal for the outcome of the music therapy. It has been the starting point from where I have approached working with the client, as well as which thoughts and considerations have been necessary to work by, to gain an ethically responsible music therapy course.
Publication date31 May 2023
Number of pages79
ID: 532263121