Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Music Therapy Quantitative and Qualitative Research

MUS-N 531 / 3 Cr.

Applications of scientific methodology to music therapy theory and practice. Philosophical differences between qualitative and quantitative research paradigms, integration of theoretical concepts and practice standards with scientific research proposals, and technological advances in research data collection and intervention delivery will be covered.


Creswell, J. W. (2009) Research Designs: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Method Approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  1. Integrate music therapy theory and practice into a research protocol.
  2. Logically analyze, criticize, and choose alternative research designs consistent with a research question.
  3. Develop specific skills pertinent to research in the field of music therapy.

Considering Research Paradigms and Designs

Library Searches and Literature Reviews

Role of Theory

Writing Strategies

Research Ethics

Descriptive & Experimental Designs

Qualitative Designs

Mixed Methods

Relationship of this Course to the IUPUI Principles of Graduate and Professional Learning:

The objectives of this course were formulated to align with the IUPUI Principles of Graduate and Professional Learning. The principles create a framework describing the expectations of all graduate/professional students at IUPUI and are tailored to fit each academic program and individual courses. Expectations identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities graduates will demonstrate upon successful completion of this course.

  • Demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills expected for the degree and for professionalism and success in the field
  • Thinking critically, applying good judgment in professional and personal situations
  • Communicating effectively to others in the field and to the general public
  • Behaving in an ethical way both professionally and personally
America Music Therapy Association Advanced Competencies

This courses addresses the following AMTA Advanced Competencies:

D.  Research

6.1 Perform and evaluate the results of a comprehensive literature review to identify gaps in knowledge.

6.2 Translate theories, issues, and problems in clinical practice, supervision, administration, and higher education into meaningful research hypotheses or guiding questions.

6.3 Apply diverse research designs as appropriate to their intended uses.

6.4 Use various appropriate methods of data analysis.

6.5 Acknowledge one’s biases and personal limitations related to research.

6.7 Conduct research according to ethical principles for protection of human participants, including informed consent, assessment of risk and benefit, and participant selection.

6.8 Collect and analyze data using appropriate procedures to avoid or minimize potential confounding factors.

6.10 Interpret and disseminate research results consistent with established standards of inquiry and reporting.

NASM Standards for Masters of Science in Music Therapy

This course addresses the following advanced competencies as outlined by the National Association for Schools of Music:


1. Music Therapy theory, which may include principles, foundations, current theories of music therapy practice, supervision, education, implications for research.


2. Research (e.g., quantitative and qualitative research designs and their application to music therapy practice, supervision, administration, higher education).