Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Second Advisor

Dr. David Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. Ed Roth

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Music therapy services have been utilized as one of the related services that may be necessary to assist young children with disabilities in the accomplishment of their educational goals. The purpose of this study was to examine (a) how music therapy services are used in early childhood settings and (b) how music therapy interventions aid in the development of social skills in young children with disabilities. An original survey instrument was sent to music therapists who were members of the American Music Therapy Association and had indicated that they worked in early childhood settings. The survey was sent to 423 music therapists; responses were submitted by 115.

The survey was designed to learn the demographic information about the respondents and their clients, the role of music therapy as a discipline (i.e. collaboration and consultation with other professionals), problematic social skills associated with this population, and music therapy techniques used to develop the social skills of clients with various diagnoses. The results indicated that a variety of music therapy interventions are used to promote social skills development in young children with disabilities.

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Music Therapy Commons