Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts

First Advisor

Lanier Sammons


The purpose of this paper is to explain the positive effect music therapy has on people. The paper will study and understand the role music plays in one’s life. In order to do that, we will be looking at different ways music therapy is used on people through research papers and articles. We found that music therapy does have an important role that emits positive effects on people who have had a stroke, depression, or suffer from trauma, Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and Parkinson disease. This paper talks about how music therapy can be administered in these seven topics. It also explains the differences between psychological and physiological music therapy. One has to do with psychological life of patients with music being applied to them. It applies to depression, trauma, Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Physiological has to the with the physical life of music therapy in certain cases like Parkinson’s disease, stroke, autism and Alzheimer’s. I am also looking at the similarities between psychological and physiological music therapy. By looking into these I am able to know what kind of music therapy would work for the patients. Psychological therapy could be administered with active or passive music therapy. Physiological can be mainly administered with passive music therapy, but there are some cases where active music therapy does play a part. I will be going further into the discussion about these types of music therapy.