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Catherine Clark
11/14 Discussion
Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:54pm
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For my argument paper I have decided to write about music therapy and how effective it can be as a treatment for people suffering from mental and physical disabilities. This topic is of interest to me because my mom graduated from East Carolina with a major in music therapy and when I first came to East Carolina I thought thats what I wanted to do too. It is fascinating to me that something like music can act as a healing factor for people with disabilities and diseases, but I have never really understood how exactly it all worked, so I figured that this paper was a good opportunity for me to do research on a topic that actually interested me. Some of my main points have to do with specific case studies on people with dementia, autism, and other specific diseases that can have an effect on the way people act. I have looked at multiple books having to do with music therapy including Music Therapy Research and Practice in Medicine, Music Therapy for Developmental Disabilities, Music Therapy for the Autistic Child, as well as Music Therapy and the Dementias: Improving the Quality of Life. I have also done research online at musictherapy.org, which is the American Music Therapy Association website. With these sources, I have been looking for information about the methods that music therapists use and how they go about treating their patients with different diseases. I feel like I have plenty of sources but I am struggling most with figuring out where to start. I don’t know how to organize my body paragraphs or what information to use, and I guess I can just use as much information as possible but I also do not want to just ramble on about a bunch of random information without it having a logical flow. I am hoping that over the next few days, I will be able to figure out what I am going to do with the organization of the whole paper, and hopefully by Wednesday I will have a paper that is better than the last two essays we have written.

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