A critique of evidence-based practice in music therapy

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The present article is a critical analysis of the epistemological, methodological, and pragmatic foundations of evidencebased practice as they affect the profession of music therapy. The article is situated within a narrative presentation of the author's background in the philosophy and history of science, and in experimental psychology. Areas of critique include narrow understandings of the nature of science, restrictive notions of evidence, methodological issues in the randomized controlled trial, the medical model and its associated illness ideology as an inadequate model of music therapy, the concept of an intervention as an inadequate conceptualization of what makes music therapy work, and the potentially corrupting effect of commercial influences in research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalMusic Therapy Perspectives
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Music
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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