A research-based map of music therapy in the Czech Republic: Comparisons with other arts therapies

Jiří Kantor (Coresponding Author), Vicky Karkou, Miroslav Chráska, Jana Duhovská, Elena Fitzthum, Markéta Gerlichová, Elisabeth Kaczynski, Krzysztof Stachyra, Melanie Voigt, Lucia Kantorová

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Introduction: The development of music therapy in the Czech Republic is closely connected with the development of other arts therapies (AsTs). This cross-sectional study aims to provide a research-based description of the current state of Czech music therapy and offer comparisons with other AsTs. Method: Data were obtained through a modified version of “The Practice in Arts Therapies” questionnaire, which was distributed to arts therapists registered with professional associations in the Czech Republic. From the total sample (N = 144), there were 50 music therapists. The remainder of the sample were drama, dance movement, art therapists, and combinations of these therapies (N = 94). Descriptive and inferential statistics were performed relating to work environment, client groups, and preferred therapeutic trends. Results: Czech music therapy is closely connected to working with special needs populations in social care and educational environments. Practitioners follow humanistic, active/directive and artistic/creative trends. Significant differences were found between music therapists and other arts therapists with regard to the client populations (in their age and type of needs), and therapeutic trends. Discussion: Czech music therapy has strengths in the area of special needs, but it will be important to achieve further growth, especially in health care. This may have a crucial impact on the formation of a common legislative framework for art therapists. We recommend repeating this survey in the future to see how the university-based program for music therapy will have influenced the profession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-307
Number of pages15
JournalNordic Journal of Music Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • arts therapies
  • Czech Republic
  • Music therapy
  • national survey
  • ‘the practice in arts therapies’

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences
  • 5.1 Psychology

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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