Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Tim Reagan


This capstone project is the development of a holistic neuro-informed method of music therapy for acute rehabilitation from traumatic brain injury. This method is grounded in research in the fields of neuroscience and neurochemistry and has been developed and implemented through the lens of a holistic patient centered theory of music therapy. The review of literature focuses on previous research in neuroscience, neurochemistry, neurologic music therapy, medical music therapy and the overall relationship between music and the brain. The method was explored using one 17-year-old female participant at a Boston area children’s hospital recovering from traumatic brain injury. The patient’s entire catalog of presenting problems upon admission as well as any physical and psychological history were taken into consideration in developing a holistic neuro-informed music therapy treatment plan. The plan was implemented over a six-week period of time, and all documentation was recorded via MediTech, the hospital’s medical recordkeeping database. The results were recorded based on patient self-report and showed improvements in gait, balance, respiratory strength, and oral motor control as well as increased emotional expression and regulation. Further research and explorations of neuro-informed music therapy in various populations will help to progress the method and clarify its efficacy.

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