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Kenneth Tice, Ph.D.


  • Assistant Professor, Music
  • Mount Marty College


  • D.M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • M.M., Choral Conducting, University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • B.M., Music Education, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Current Research: The goal of this project is to investigate the mechanism underlying the effects of music to heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP). The Center for Disease Control reports that 1 in 3 Americans have high blood pressure and only 52% have the "condition under control" (CDC, 2015.) A recent Oxford University study of music and blood pressure suggests that more robust evidence is required before this could be considered a legitimate therapy (Sleight, 2015.) This study will seek to fill that need and provide clarity and specific guidance towards a music therapy treatment option for physicians to utilize when treating heart disease. A music therapy treatment could be much more cost efficient than daily medication, and could be easily incorporated into a lifestyle the same way as diet and exercise is prescribed for heart disease patients.