Date of Award

6-2010

Degree Name

Master of Music

Department

Music

First Advisor

Brian Wilson

Second Advisor

Edward Roth

Third Advisor

Dr. John Lychner

Fourth Advisor

Gayl Walker

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether music alone or music paired with visual aids had any effect on the remote memory recall of participants with Dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT). This study examined the effectiveness of visual aids, visuals aids paired with music-based interventions, and music-based interventions on the duration, number of responses, and the relationship of recalled memories in patients with DAT. Ten individuals diagnosed with DAT and residing at a residential care facility in Michigan were randomly assigned to one of four small groups. The participants were classified as having mild to moderate dementia based on their Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE) scores of 10-12. The music only condition (Group C) showed the greatest response in all areas (duration, number or responses, and relevance) followed by the control group, and visual aids group. More research is necessary to make any inferences or conclusions from this study.

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