Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Edward A, Roth, M.M.

Second Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Third Advisor

Dr. Kenneth H. Smith


music therapy, content analysis, theses, dissertations, graduate studies

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this content analysis was to categorize, code, and analyze trends related to graduate music therapy theses/dissertations completed from the year 2000 to 2012. Information was gathered related to what American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved schools have graduate programs and how many students have graduated from these institutions. Research questions addressed in this study were to determine (1) who were the thesis/dissertation advisors for students, (2) what was the type of goal for the research, (3) what types of studies were completed, and (4) what populations were studied.

Results included 35 schools offering graduate music therapy degrees. 305 theses/dissertations were identified. Goal areas included multiple goal areas (28.2%), 25.6% non-specified, 20.3% emotional, 14.4% cognitive, 9.2% physical, and 2.3% social. 57.0% of studies were found to be descriptive, 41.3% were experimental, 1.3% were historical, and 0.3% were philosophical studies. Result also show that eight schools (22%) contribute two thirds of the graduate student research. These results add to current content analyses in published music therapy literature.