Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Music Therapy

First Advisor

Eric G. Waldon

First Committee Member

Feilin Hsiao

Second Committee Member

Ruth Britten


This is a mixed-methods pre-experimental clinical effectiveness trial that examines the effectiveness of a self-administered one-directional mood vectoring playlist in the management of symptoms of anxiety. This study used the Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Inventory, as well as a self-report Likert-type scale where participants rated their anxiety symptom severity, to explore the impact of the playlist intervention. Qualitative interviews sought to identify themes common among participants who were daily high responders and those who were daily low responders to the intervention in order to determine for whom this intervention would be most or least effective.Management of anxiety symptoms is particularly important at the moment, as mental health concerns and levels of anxiety are rising amid coronavirus lockdowns and stay at home orders. This intervention has a strong basis in music therapy research, neurological research, and psychotherapy treatments that are effectively used in the management of anxiety symptoms. Findings indicated a significant relationship between the intervention and a reduction in both state and trait anxiety scores over the full two-week course of treatment (p < 0.001). There was also a significant relationship found from pre-listening to post-listening on a daily basis (p = 0.003). This study has a small sample size and results should be interpreted with caution, but this is an indication that further studies on this intervention are warranted.



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