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Percussion Use and Training: A Survey of Music Therapy Clinicians

By Stephanie Scheffel and Bill Matney


Background: Percussion instruments are commonly used in music therapy practice; however, the body of published literature regarding music therapy-related percussion training and practice is limited. Objective: The purpose of our survey study was to describe: (a) clini-cian perspectives of their academic percussion training; (b) use of per-cussion testing during academic training; (c) clinician perspectives on relevance, adequacy, and importance of academic percussion training; (d) clinician perspectives of their nonacademic percussion training; and (e) current use of percussion in clinical practice. Through comparisons of these parameters, we sought to provide information that may inform future percussion use and training. Methods: Participants were selected using an email list from the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Board-certified music thera-pists (MT-BC) were provided with a researcher-created survey about academic percussion training, nonacademic percussion training, an

Year: 2016
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