Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Jacelyn Biondo, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC


This capstone is a critical review of literature regarding development of music therapy programs in general hospital settings within the United States. This document will assist in defining important aspects of program success and serve to help better advocate for music therapy programs, creative arts therapies, and well-being programs functioning within a traditional general hospital setting. This capstone thesis presents key elements of successful music therapy program development, as proposed by in-field music therapist interview, studies utilizing music therapy in general hospital settings to serve both patients, hospital staff, and community outreach, suggestions for arts in health curricular development, and lastly consideration for the future including Telehealth music therapy and community endeavors. There is still much research to be done and to increase upon what is discussed within this literature review as the social, cultural, musical and healthcare landscape changes amidst a global pandemic and an ever-expanding field of arts in healthcare settings proceeds. This research shows that even though there is a large amount of research on music therapy in medical settings, standardization of the field, education and advocacy remain important as the field grows to meet the culture it operates within and the needs of the diverse communities that music therapy serves.

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