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Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Science and Management

Reader 1

Anna Wenzel

Reader 2

Don McFarlane

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Humans have been listening to music since the beginning of time. However, only recently have researchers begun to study its effects on the human mind and body. Music therapy, as defined by the American Music Therapy Association, is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional, and it has documented benefits on mood and mental health.

Music therapy could also play a role in the rehabilitation of patients that have been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer's, or stroke.

The purpose of this thesis is to do an in-depth literature analysis of music therapy’s effects on mental health (e.g, general mood, anxiety, and depression) and mental disorders (e.g., stroke rehabilitation, dementia and more specifically Alzheimer's). Analysis of the literature revealed significant data that suggests that, although music therapy is not sufficient as a stand-alone substitute for traditional treatments, it is an affected addition to any treatment or rehabilitation program.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.