Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Edward A, Roth, M.M.

Second Advisor

Dr. David S. Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. Ann Chapleau


Music therapy, intemship, supervisor, perceptions, AMTA Professional Competencies

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to investigate perceptual differences of the AMTA Professional Competencies between music therapy pre-interns and internship supervisors in the Great Lakes Region. The participants (N = 33) were 19 pre-interns and 14 internship supervisors at AMTA Approved internship sites and academic programs. This 32 question survey study utilized a Likert-type 5-point scale that required the participant to rate their perceived need for assistance from little to no need for assistance to very high need for assistance. Results showed that pre-interns and supervisors differ significantly on the subjects of “Leading and accompanying on guitar and piano” (p = .029), “Understanding the facility’s intern evaluation process” (p = .001) and “Demonstrating Functional Piano Skills” (p = .006). Results also showed that pre-interns reported the highest need for assistance on “Finding out what will be expected of me as an intern” (M = 3.526) and “Understanding the facility’s intern evaluation process” (M = 3.526). Supervisors reported that their typical interns require the most assistance on “Assessing client needs” (M = 3.574) and “Facilitating group discussions” (M = 3.714). Limitations and recommendations for future research are included.

Included in

Music Therapy Commons