Date of Award

Spring 3-19-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Donna C. Owens


The growing field of music therapy aims to help those who suffer from an array of disorders, anxieties, and diagnoses using a wide collection of interventions and activities. Songwriting has been a useful tool for music therapists for many years. Popular interventions that utilize lyric replacement, fill-in-the-blank or Mad Lib style, and improvisational blues songwriting, have been very effective across a range of populations including children, adolescents, and the elderly. This project aims to bridge a gap in the research by implementing an original idea, which I devised, which encouraged clients to engage organically in a group setting. This intervention took place in a partial hospitalization program with adolescents ages 13-17. As the program is group-based, clients collaborated with their peers in the creation of a song. Groups were one hour in length, and the entire intervention took place during that time period. Over the course of this project, I found that these songwriting interventions elevated mood, facilitated emotions in a safe space, and promoted healthy group cohesion.

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