Yuanyuan Bai

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Edward A, Roth, M.M.

Second Advisor

Dr. Jennifer M. Fiore

Third Advisor

Dr. Ying Zeng


Childhood social development, social music therapy, music intervention, instruments, self-awareness

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Across the world, many music therapists serve children with disabilities in private practice and school settings. Although some clinical research for music therapy as a validated approach to facilitate social deficits is available, it is still limited. This study is focused on a rapid review of using music therapy towards social development in children with disabilities. Also explored is the researcher’s self-awareness of what was learned from the study and how these lessons may be transferred to future clinical work. The study's findings may also help music therapy professionals better understand (a) what aspects of social behavior music therapists tend to target in music therapy treatment, and (b) what types of interventions and instruments music therapists tend to use when targeting social behavior.

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Music Therapy Commons