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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Music Therapy

First Advisor

David E. Wolfe

First Committee Member

Audree O'Connell

Second Committee Member

Edward Cetto


Nine subjects who were diagnosed with asthma participated in eight sessions of music therapy. Male and female subjects ranged in age from eight to thirteen years of age. Sessions took place at two area public schools over a four week time span. All subjects participated in two alternating experimental conditions: Singing and progressive muscle relaxation. Both conditions were presented within each session and alternated across sessions. Dependent measures were taken using a peak flow meter for breathing and a mood evaluation form for affect. Four expiratory flow rates and four present mood evaluations were recorded before and after the first treatment and before and after the second treatment during each session. Mean responses for the dependent measures were determined and graphed. Results indicated that subjects showed an increase or maintenance of lung functioning after singing, while results for subjects were not consistent following relaxation training.



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