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A Preliminary Research of the Role of Using Voice as a Bodily Instrument in Creative Arts Psychotherapy

  • The Korean Journal of Dance Studies
  • Abbr : KRSDS
  • 2018, 70(3), pp.25-37
  • DOI : 10.16877/kjds.70.3.201808.25
  • Publisher : The Korean Society for Dance Studies
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Dance
  • Received : July 15, 2018
  • Accepted : August 17, 2018
  • Published : August 31, 2018

So Hyejin 1

1전주대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article was to explore the use of voice as an instrument in music therapy. In general, voice plays a significant role in integrating mind and body, connecting feelings and thoughts, and bridging self and others. Clients who experienced emotional struggles found that breathing, toning, and singing were beneficial tools that relaxed tension in the body, lessened anxiety, and allowed them to express their repressed feelings. In particular, the creative aspects inherent in vocal improvisation helped clients to deepen and strengthen positive changes within the therapeutic relationship. Vocal Holding Techniques and Free Associative Singing played important roles for clients not only in their in-depth explorations of personal issues but also in bringing about reconstructive experiences in body awareness, psychological well-being, and the recovery of trusting relationships.

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