Date of Award
Master of Music
Dr. Edward Roth
Dr. Jennifer Fiore
Dr. Lin Foulk Baird
Improvisation, music improvisation, scoping review, improvisation experience, music therapy improvisation
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Music improvisation is a therapeutic music intervention utilized frequently by board-certified music therapists in various clinical settings. While music therapists frequently use music improvisation as a treatment intervention, research on music improvisation outcomes is limited. The purpose of this scoping review is to summarize current knowledge about the outcomes of music improvisation experiences in music therapy and non-music therapy contexts. This review aims to identify and address gaps in the literature to provide suggestions for future research. The findings of this review will inform clinical music therapy methods. To conduct the scoping review, the researcher used the following five-stage framework: identifying the research question, identifying relevant studies, charting the data, summarizing results, and discussing results. The analysis of twenty-nine studies on music improvisation resulted in a summary and discussion of various music improvisation outcomes, including neurologic, physiological, social and relational, emotional, communicative, phenomenological findings, additional unique outcomes, implications for music therapy, and suggestions for future research.
McCarren, Julia, "Outcomes of Music Improvisation Experiences: A Scoping Review" (2021). Masters Theses. 5219.