Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

MAE - Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies


Expressive Therapies


Elizabeth Kellogg


This autoethnography delves into the transformative potential of creative engagement, particularly through the lens of music technology, in shaping self-concept and emotional regulation. This study will also demonstrate how music technology makes it easy to facilitate hip hop therapy. Drawing on personal experiences and scholarly inquiry, the research explores the intersection of creativity and technology. Central to the study is the examination of various music technologies, including loop stations like the RC-505, digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Logic Pro X, and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) keyboards, as facilitators of creative expression and attunement. The research underscores the overarching principle that music technology serves as a conduit for inner balance and full engagement in creative experience. Informed by autoethnographic methods, the study intertwines personal reflections with theoretical insights, illuminating the lived experience of creative practice in the digital age. By examining my subjective experiences as I navigate various music technologies and creative processes, the research offers a nuanced understanding of how technology shapes and amplifies emotional expression and self-concept. This autoethnography advocates for the continued exploration and integration of music technology in personal and therapeutic practices, highlighting its potential to foster inner balance, connectivity, and creative expression. Through autoethnographic inquiry, the research invites readers to reflect on their own experiences with technology-mediated creativity and its implications for personal growth and well-being. Keywords: Music technology, self-concept, emotional regulation, music therapy, hip hop therapy

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