Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


College of the Arts


John J. Cali School of Music

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Brian Abrams

Committee Member

Kathleen M. Murphy

Committee Member

Meredyth Krych Appelbaum


The purpose of the study is to ascertain the extent to which music therapists are working in ways that utilize components of brief therapy. The goals are to gain insight into the following: 1) Are music therapists utilizing brief therapy? 2) What are music therapists' perception(s) of brief therapy work? A total of 108 Board-Certified Music Therapists participated in a three-part survey consisting of demographic information, clinical experience, and various perceptions pertaining to applications of brief music therapy. Survey Monkey administered the survey for one month via a linked email cover letter. Data from the survey was descriptively summarized. A Principal Components Analysis (PCA) revealed six components concerning the participants' perceptions of brief music therapy. The findings revealed that music therapists are indeed utilizing elements of brief therapy in short-term settings and value brief approaches given the trends and constraints in the field. Implications for future work in this area were considered.

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