Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

Scott Price


Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a broad term for treatment plans outside of conventional therapy or conventional medicine.1 The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) divides CAM therapies into three categories “Natural Products,” “Mind and Body,” and “Other Complementary Health Approaches.” The NCCIH places music in the category “Mind and Body.” This exploratory literature review provides a comprehensive review of the various ways music is being studied for its psychological, sociological, and physiological benefits.

The purpose of this study was to create a comprehensive literature review of music as a CAM therapy. The study codifies a current definition of CAM therapy. The comprehensive literature review presents a current survey of music as a CAM therapy. It is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for persons beginning further inquiry into music as a CAM therapy

The study consists of three chapters, and a bibliography. Chapter one includes an introduction, purpose, need, limitations, related literature of the study, and design and procedures. Chapter two provides a comprehensive review of music as a CAM therapy.