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Therapeutic Song Writing in Healthcare: How Song Writing Promotes Creative-Self Expression

by Taylor Kurta


As a music therapy intern in an urban Toronto hospital setting, I have been learning to appreciate the unique narrative that each patient brings with them. In spending time with patients at the bedside during what are often prolonged and complicated admissions, I have had the privilege of listening to their stories and their struggles. My role at the hospital is to support these patients in contextualizing their experiences, and promote creative self-expression through music. I want to share a story of a particular patient who found comfort and confidence through therapeutic song writing. For confidentiality purposes, identifying details have been changed. I will refer to this patient as Karen.


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