Tomoko Page

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Edward A, Roth, M.M.

Second Advisor

Jennifer M., Fiore, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

David S., Smith, Ph.D.


Music therapy, academic lineage, academic genealogy, academic fecundity, academic family tree

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The purpose of this study was to examine fecundity in the academic lineage of music therapy through music therapy dissertations and theses. Through an online database, Academic Family Music Therapy Tree, this study sought to understand the influence relating to the field of music therapy by examining music therapy mentor-mentee relationships in university and college faculty roles. A content analysis of the mentees’ dissertations and theses was conducted to examine fecundity in the field of music therapy. Ninety-five entries of participants’ music therapy dissertations and theses were extracted from the Music Therapy Tree, with 30 music therapy faculty mentors being identified.

Results indicated that music therapy mentors’ keen knowledge and interest in music therapy interventions, research methods, and sample frame may have had some impact on mentees as mentees continued their studies incorporating these categories. Although vertical lineage did not show apparent commonalities relating to the mentee’s dissertations and theses, a mentor’s interest in his/her graduate level studies may have an impact on their future directions of music therapy.