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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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Gary E. McPherson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.001.0001

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Music and well-being during illness

Music and well-being during illness

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(p.373) Chapter 20 Music and well-being during illness
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The Child as Musician
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Costanza Preti

Katrina S. McFerran

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.003.0020

The experience of a significant illness and related hospitalization during childhood can have a powerful impact on children’s development. Children may miss opportunities to engage in school activities, but they may also regress in response to the physical and emotional challenges that accompany the illness. This chapter adopts an ecological lens to discuss a range of music programs that have been developed and evaluated for both children and adolescents in health care settings. The main focus is to illustrate the social dynamics through which music can be used to foster coping in hospital contexts by engaging in musical performances with peers, carers, and hospital staff, facilitated by therapists or musicians. Case studies are presented to illustrate how live music sessions in health care settings interact with the different social and interpersonal systems that support children when they become ill, and how music creates opportunities for healthy development and well-being.

Keywords:   child development, adolescents, well-being, hospitalization, therapists, health care

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