Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Edward A, Roth, M.M.

Second Advisor

David S. Smith, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jennifer M. Fiore, Ph.D.


Music therapy, academic lineage, academic fecundity, professorship

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Masters Thesis-Abstract Only

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Academic standards for the field of music therapy have changed since the beginning of academic music therapy programs in the 1940s. In the profession of music therapy, a full-time professor can teach with a master’s degree, as the master’s degree is still considered the terminal degree. Previous studies have traced academic lineages, or mentor-mentee relationships, in multiple academic fields, specifically mentees who have gone on to become professors. The current study examines and illustrates academic mentor-mentee relationships in a format much like that of a genealogical family tree. One way in which to measure these relationships is through fecundity, or how productive a mentor is. Since an academic lineage does not currently exist for the field of music therapy, the purpose of this project was to begin constructing a Music Therapy Tree in order to trace these relationships and measure fecundity in the profession.

Music therapists with master’s level or doctorate degrees were surveyed in order to begin creating the Music Therapy Tree. This paper describes the process of constructing the Music Therapy Tree, as well as to provide recommendations for adjustments to method of data collection, data analyses, and continued growth of the tree.