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01 August 2021
Online Delivery of Music Therapy
The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated moving music therapy services from in-person to online delivery formats for a large number of music therapists. Although some music therapists had already been providing virtual sessions pre-COVID, little had been published related to online delivery of music therapy. As a result, music therapists who were new to online service delivery found themselves turning to social media platforms and their national associations for urgent guidelines and resources.
During the past months, music therapists have been gaining valuable experience and insights into effective online service delivery. Many anticipate that healthcare delivery will never go back to a predominant in-person care delivery model. Going forward, music therapists will likely continue to offer a hybrid of in-person and online sessions. For service users living in remote areas, access to music therapy may be significantly enhanced thanks to greater availability of online music therapy services.
It is important to the field of music therapy to report on feasibility, acceptability and impact of online music therapy service delivery through formal publications. In addition, we need to expand our literature with articles that describe music therapy practice to meet the clinical needs where face-to-face sessions are not possible.
This special issue will include articles reporting on original research related to online music therapy service delivery. We also encourage “Perspectives on Practice” submissions by music therapy clinicians to share their clinical insights regarding best practices for online delivery of music therapy and issues such as navigating ethics, equity of access, contraindications, evaluating outcomes, and lessons learned.
Authors are encouraged to consult the Nordic Journal of Music therapy website for guidelines and instructions specific to original research and Perspective on Practice submissions.
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A 250 word abstract should be emailed to Dr. Wendy Magee at [email protected] by February 1, 2021. Manuscript submissions will be peer reviewed and invitation of a full paper (following abstract submission) does not guarantee publication.
February 1, 2021 Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts
February 15, 2021` Editor Decision on Abstracts to Invite Full Manuscripts
August 1, 2021 Deadline for Submission of Manuscripts
October 1, 2021 First Review Decisions to Authors
November 15, 2021 Revised Manuscripts Due
January 15, 2022 Final decision on manuscripts
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