Date of Award

12-2010

Degree Name

Master of Music

Department

Music

First Advisor

Edward Roth

Second Advisor

Brian Wilson

Third Advisor

Kenneth H. Smith

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence, established goals, treatment modalities, and music interventions utilized by music therapists working with pregnant women. Specifically, music therapists who have clinical experience with pregnant women were surveyed and on average can be described as: (a) possessing a bachelor's degree in music therapy and predominantly located in the Great Lakes Region of AMTA (b) primarily working in Labor and Delivery and Antepartum units (c) having worked with pregnant women for no more than 1 -5 years (d) utilizing both individual and group sessions with most patients being between the ages of 26-32 (e) implementing music assisted relaxation and songwriting more often than other interventions with recorded pre-composed music (classical) being the most common music medium (f) and collaborating more often with nurses than any other discipline. Results may indicate that formalized music therapy practice with pregnant women is in its early stages, but the support and experiences reported by music therapists suggest that a music therapy program may be an important component in the treatment of pregnant women.

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