Honors Theses

Author(s)

Lesley Wray

Advisor

Samuel N. Dorf, Ph.D.

Department

Music

Publication Date

4-1-2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Abstract

In the music therapy literature, there is a distinct lack of research on clinical song analysis. Analyzing songs can be beneficial for music therapists when choosing songs to use in a session, when discussing songs with a client, and when arranging songs to play with or for clients. In this thesis, I start to bridge the fields of music therapy, music theory, and musicology to create a language of analysis upon which music therapists can draw for clinical song analysis. I focus first on foundational concepts such as timbre, style, and form, which I explain through the analysis of four different covers of the song “I’ll Fly Away.” Then, I conduct an in-depth study on the topics of persona theory and music and disability studies, including literature reviews and example analyses. I conclude by proposing pedagogical and research implications of this thesis in the fields of music therapy, music theory, and musicology.

Permission Statement

This item is protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and may only be used for noncommercial, educational, and scholarly purposes

Disciplines

Music | Musicology | Music Therapy


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