• Dr. Mary Boyle's contribution to music therapy

      Choi, Yunsun (2019-05)
      The unsung hero, Dr. Mary Boyle, a founder of the master's of music therapy degree that complied with Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) requirement in State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY NP), certainly brought the field of music therapy to a higher level. In addition, despite her contribution to development of music therapy for patients with Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness (PDOC), she has not yet been recognized by professionals as she deserves. There is not much information available about her life and her achievements in music therapy. Through the historical information and interviews of people close to Dr. Boyle, this narrative history illustrates the extent that Dr. Boyle had worked to develop music therapy field as an educator, clinician, researcher, leader, committee member, and editor throughout the world.
    • A heuristic study on music-centered supervision

      Doak, Timothy D. (2018-05)
      This first-person study investigated how a music-centered (Modified Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music) supervision contributed to understanding the role of music therapy when working with clients diagnosed with a Disorder of Consciousness during a Masters Fellowship. Data was collected from three sources; a) transcriptions from Dr. Heather Wagner and Ms. Madelaine Ventre, b) personal experience, c) and mandalas drawn during the supervision session. This data was analyzed to answer the following research questions; “How does music-centered supervision help deepen my understanding of working with children diagnosed with Disorders of Consciousness?” and “What do my mandalas reveal about my experience working with children diagnosed with Disorders of Consciousness?” Qualitative methods of interrogation, interpretation, and triangulation were utilized in order to discover the answers to the research questions. Through careful analysis of the data, four themes were present during the music-centered supervision process: nurturance and containment, preparation, discomfort, and new energy. Each theme provided a deeper understanding to the various stages of the supervision process. This study also provides evidence of the benefits of music-centered supervision for music therapists, especially during their studies and training.
    • The impact of music therapy on a young man on the autism spectrum : a case study

      Chute, Jennifer (2019-05)
      Young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are faced with challenges as they progress through stages of human development. The client in this case study is a young man who desired the same things that typically developing young people do, namely to live in his own apartment. However, he had not yet acquired the daily living skills needed to accomplish this due to the challenges presented by his diagnoses of ASD. Music therapy was an important component of his habilitation. In these sessions, the music therapist accompanied the client on a journey of self-exploration and confidence building, which readied the client to learn and implement the needed independent living skills.
    • Music is limitless : a community music therapy project proposal

      Aronowitz, Sheri (2019-05)
      Proposed is the launching of a pilot community music therapy (CoMT) project. The intent is that the program be grant funded in whole or in part, and utilized as an adjunctive therapy for adults who receive services from the nonprofit organization Cerebral Palsy of Westchester (CPW). The project includes a comprehensive three-step process of active music making. It will begin at the David G. Osterer Center in Rye Brook, NY with group music therapy sessions focused on trust building; continue with the addition of community musicians to support and enhance the project; and conclude with a public performance.
    • Music therapy at the children's hospital of the king's daughters : a music therapy program for the pediatric hospital in Norfolk, VA

      Bowie, Rebecca (2019-05)
      This proposal is for a full-time music therapist position at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia. There is a wide range of physical/medical, psychosocial, and cognitive goals that need to be addressed for children in the hospital environment, to treat them most effectively and efficiently. Music therapy can achieve many of these goals in a significantly effective and long-lasting way. It is also a cost-effective way to achieve these goals. By establishing a positive rapport with the patient, family, and medical staff, the music therapist provides treatment aimed at the overall improvement and health of the children and their families. The full-time music therapist will work both individually and in group settings, utilizing a variety of techniques, instruments, and skills to address these goals. The addition of music therapy at this hospital will benefit the patients, families, staff, and overall hospital environment.
    • Music therapy for older adults living with physical and cognitive impairment : a systematic review

      Li, Bichen (2019-05)
      Music therapy is considered as an effective intervention for older adults. However, there are few studies that summarize and evaluate the effect of music therapy intervention on older adults living with physical or cognitive impairment. Physical impairments include Parkinson's disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Cognitive impairments include dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and mild cognitive impairments. The purpose of this systematic review was to explore the role of music therapy for older adults living with the mentioned physical and cognitive impairments. This includes examining common music therapy goals and activities, comparing the most effective music therapy activities; and summarize the effects of music therapy interventions. This systematic review was conducted in the following databases: MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and Academic Search Complete. After searching from these three databases, 7 studies out of 166 studies met the inclusion criteria. The results showed that music therapy intervention has positive effects on physical and cognitive functioning of older adults.