Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Science in Music Therapy


Music Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Maria "Nina" C. Guerrero


This study explored the experiences of an individual with Parkinson’s engaging in a relationshipbased, improvisational music therapy group. The researcher utilized the methodology of naturalistic inquiry. An archived video recording of a group music therapy session held through a videoconferencing platform was observed. Music experiences and verbal dialogue were transcribed and put into notation software, and subsequently analyzed through inductive analysis. Two main themes were found: (a) Musical Interrelatedness and (b) Relationship Between Music and Words, with two subthemes under the former; Diane’s Musical Relationship with the Therapist and Diane’s Musical Relationship with the Group; and three under the latter; Words Enhancing Diane’s Musical Experience, Music Supporting Diane’s Verbal Responses, and Significance Of The Voice. Results illustrated the participant’s experience of a relationshipbased improvisational music therapy group as something supportive, creative, and potentially beneficial for their overall well-being.

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Music Therapy Commons