Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Edward A, Roth, M.M.

Second Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Third Advisor

Dr. David S. Smith


Musical therapy, addiction, counseling, clinical efficacy, music

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A previous systematic review study by Mays, Clark, and Gordon in 2008 reviewed music therapy research to look into the clinical efficacy of music therapy and addiction counseling. Their research concluded that the present literature contained few articles that had quantitative evidence and the music therapy that was presented was not an independent therapy for treatment for patients with substance abuse. This systematic review sought to research literature within the past six years that studied the effects of music therapy on clients who were dealing with substance abuse to review the progress of music therapy research since the 2008 article was published. The results from this study concluded that more research has been done since the Mays, Clark, and Gordon study. Articles indicate that music therapy is offered as both an independent and additive therapy as well as having more quantitative data. However much like the Mays, Clark, and Gordon study there was little consensus between the literature reviewed that would indicate a standardization of treatment within this population.