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Master of Science in Music Therapy


Music Therapy


The purpose of this study was to gain insight into how a music therapist can develop and establish a music therapy program in the school setting. An experienced Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Board Certified-Music Therapist, who began a music therapy program, was the sole participant in this study. The participant was interviewed a total of three times. The researcher asked open-ended questions regarding the history of how the participant developed and maintains her current music therapy program. The literature regarding the topic is scant, suggesting the need for studies to be conducted regarding this topic. The researcher extricated themes that were found relevant in the participant’s recount of how the music therapy program was developed and established. These themes include advocacy, personality traits, funding, and roadblocks. Passion, advocacy, and articulation are themes that the researcher found to be most important when developing and establishing a music therapy program in the school setting.

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Music Therapy Commons