Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



First Advisor

Matthew Chellis

Second Advisor

Jeremy Smith

Third Advisor

Brenda Romero

Fourth Advisor

Abigail Nims

Fifth Advisor

Andrew Garland


Due to the increasing number of musicians dealing with mental health issues, it may be beneficial to incorporate psychologically therapeutic practices and techniques into a musician’s daily practice regimen in order to foster objective thinking and resiliency. This dissertation is designed to educated voice teachers and students on certain aspects and techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It will cover the history and efficacy of the treatment modality, overviews of various self-guided therapeutic techniques, and suggestions for practical application. This paper endeavors to offer the voice teacher psychologically therapeutic techniques they can incorporate into their pedagogical resources.