Beth A. Clark

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Ed Roth

Second Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Third Advisor

Carolyn Koebel

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study explored the practices of music therapists in the United States and Canada who had worked with high-risk youth within the previous ten years. High-risk youth were defined as those likely to experience a decline in global level of functioning due to one or more issues related to mental health, substance misuse, or other social, economic, or cultural disadvantages, including correctional system involvement, street-involvement, or unstable home environment. An online survey of credentialed music therapists was conducted to explore the areas of demographics, clinical practice and information-seeking. Music therapists working with high-risk youth were asked to identify the most common areas of need, treatment goals, assessment methods, and interventions used with this population. Participants also described an intervention considered highly effective in meeting the needs of high-risk youth. Synthesis and thematic analysis of these results, as well as examples of effective interventions are presented with discussion related to the implications for further research.

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Music Therapy Commons