Year of Publication

2015

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Fine Arts

Department

Music

First Advisor

Dr. Olivia Yinger

Second Advisor

Dr. Lori Gooding

Abstract

The incorporation of integrative medicine into traditional treatment options has steadily increased during the past two decades. This has resulted in a change in the dynamics of interdisciplinary teams creating the need to better understand the roles and responsibilities of team members. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of dental treatment team members regarding the role and responsibilities of music therapy during treatment.

A total of 10 participants were included in this study. Participants completed a pre-music therapy survey to establish prior knowledge, experience with, and perceptions of music therapy. Following an experiential intervention, participants completed a post-music therapy survey to examine possible changes. Finally, semi-structured interviews were conducted with dental team members who interacted directly with the music therapist during treatment. Quantitative results revealed small changes in perceptions about the role of the music therapist. Qualitative results suggested that following the experiential intervention dental team members were better able to articulate the role and responsibilities of the music therapist in a pediatric dental interdisciplinary team. Further research should be conducted with a variety of interdisciplinary teams to more fully understand the role and responsibilities of a music therapist within an interdisciplinary treatment team.

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