Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Edward A, Roth, M.M.

Second Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Fiore

Third Advisor

Dr. Sangwoo Lee


Parkinson's disease, physical therapy, music therapy, movement sonification, rehabilitation

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


One rehabilitation protocol effective in delaying the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is Lee Silverman Voice Training BIG (LSVT BIG), comprising pre-gait exercises and gait training. This study seeks to determine if combining Patterned Sensory Enhancement (PSE), a music therapy intervention, with LSVT BIG will improve quality of movement. During physical therapy sessions with three participants, a music therapist adapted the PSE stimuli to support each patient’s motor needs, which were then recorded on CD and sent with patients to exercise with at home. Results showed improved balance and ambulation comparing pre- and post- measures of the BERG balance scale and timed up and go test (TUG), however they were not statistically significant. Participants also completed subjective anonymous exit surveys which communicated overall positive experiences incorporating PSE into LSVT BIG.