Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of the Arts
John J. Cali School of Music
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Music therapy, Manic-depressive illness
The purpose of this thesis is to expand on a desire to expand our knowledge, and understanding about Bipolar Disorder and its relationship with compositional music therapy as a possible beneficial treatment for this illness. Compositional music therapy is both a music therapy intervention and process in which the client and therapist work together to generate an original, permanent musical model. The music may be instrumental or vocal, of any genre, and may be musically notated as a score, handwritten/types, or recorded (CD, Tape, MP3, etc.) It may incorporate the client’s original song/rap, lyrics, poetry (set to music), or be instrumental-only. This leads me to answer the research question, what are the benefits of compositional music therapy for clients diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder? This question will be further examined in three subordinate questions as follows: 1 .What are the basis and/or rationales for selecting music composition as a method to address client goals for adult patients diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder? 2. How is the compositional music therapy process useful and/or helpful in addressing clinical goals of clients diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder? 3. How is the compositional music therapy product useful and/or helpful in addressing clinical goals of clients diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder? This research study also seeks to answer both the research question and subordinate questions by consulting with various music therapists who have worked directly with adult patients diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. This survey research examines the benefits of compositional music therapy as differentiating from other forms of music therapy, as well as what is important about the music compositional product and process in adult clients diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
Brown, Tyese Andrea, "The Role of Compositional Music Therapy in the Treatment of Adults with Bipolar Disorder" (2015). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 362.