Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Second Advisor

Edward A. Roth

Third Advisor

Dr. David Smith

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to compile quantitative data to determine how hospice programs fund music therapy services, and to identify staffing trends (number of music therapists and employment status) and service trends (caseload, frequency, and length of sessions) for hospice programs with music therapy in the Great Lakes Region. Thirty-six music therapists completed the survey and qualified for the study. Participants were asked to complete a one-time online survey with 26 questions pertaining to basic demographic and staffing information, music therapy services provided and session information, and funding.

Results of this survey indicate that there are differences in the ways that traditional hospice services and music therapy services are funded, that the number of music therapists does not appear to influence service trends, that employment status does appear to influence service trends, and that size of the hospice program influences staffing and service trends. The author was unable to determine if service area influenced staffing or service trends as there was significant overlap in service areas. It is hoped that this study will clarify financial and logistical issues related to initiating and expanding music therapy services within hospice programs.

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Music Therapy Commons