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Degree Name

Master of Science in Music Therapy


Music Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Seung-A Kim


This qualitative study explored the experiences of music therapists who have developed music therapy programs in New York State public schools. Participants included three board-certified music therapists currently working as music therapists in public schools in New York. Open-ended questioning interviewing techniques were employed to address three research questions: (1) What are the experiences of music therapists developing music therapy programs in New York State public schools? (2) What challenges do they face? (3) What recommendations do they have for others who are looking to build music therapy programs in public schools? Six themes emerged: (a) beginning in public schools (b) setting (c) assessment process (d) relationships with staff members (e) obtaining funding and (f) advocacy. Findings help in understanding how music therapy programs are implemented in public schools and the challenges that accompany the development of these programs. They also highlight the need for advocacy of music therapy in public schools.

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Music Therapy Commons