Date of Award


Document Type



Communication Disorders

First Reader

Professor Carol Morgan

Second Reader

Dr. Ryan Lewis

Third Reader

Dr. Jennifer Fayard


Music is a large aspect of every culture. Music can calm a child in distress, create friendships, give people a way to express themselves, and even define the differences between generations and cultures. Famous Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Researchers have studied how music can influence a person’s ability to absorb knowledge, as well as induce fluent speech for a stutterer. However, the effects of music therapy in combination with language therapy for children with language delays have not been studied to their fullest extent. For the past year and a half, I have been studying the existing research, as well as interviewing speech language pathologists who have utilized music therapy. In this thesis paper, I will summarize the existing research, explain what I learned in my interviews, conclude how the information I gathered is useful, and formulate a plan for the next steps in my research. These will all show the benefits of using music therapy in combination with language therapy.

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