Date of Award
Master of Music
Edward A, Roth, M.M.
Brian L. Wilson
Dr. Nancy Mansberger
Music, children, therapy, reading, development
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This study utilized Naturalistic Inquiry methods to investigate how music therapists use music elements to impact reading development in school-aged children. Eleven Board-Certified Music Therapists were interviewed providing information regarding music therapy interventions, reading skills targeted, theoretical influences, and professional influences. Transcripts of interviews were analyzedto determine themes, coÍtmon use of language related to the subject, common perceptions, and techniques and uses for music to impact reading development. In general subjects did not report specifically using music elements to target reading behavior. Rather, most subjects identified reading objectives determined by classroom teachers and developed music interventions to accommodate those objectives. Future qualitative research could be an important method to gain a more in-depth look at the use of music for reading and other academic skills.
Cross, Cynthia, "A Suryey of Music Therapists' Use of Music to Facilitate Reading Development in Children" (2014). Master's Theses. 541.