Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Dr. Mel Ivey

Second Advisor

Dr. Brian Wilson

Third Advisor

Dr. Mary Scovel

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Dennis Simpson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The use of musical wind instruments as an expiratory therapy with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients was compared to the traditional inspiratory treatment of the Inspiratory Muscle Trainer (IMT) during a twelve week pre - posttest study. Sixteen subjects, attending an out patient respiratory rehabilitation program, were randomly assigned to either the experimental group, receiving musical wind instruments, or the control group, receiving the IMT.

Measures for the study were: Forced Expiratory Volume in one second (FEV1) and Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) as measured by the Pulmonary Function Test; physical endurance measured by the Twelve Minute Walk Endurance Test; and treatment compliance measured by Daily Participation Logs. The subjective measures were obtained by the Prescribed Treatment Evaluation. Due to the limited number of subjects, inferential statistics were not used, rather descriptive statistics were used to cite trends. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)