Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Dr. Brian L. Wilson

Second Advisor

Edward Roth

Third Advisor

Dr. John Lychner

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


This study examined the relationship between professional well-being and the participant characteristics of: age, gender, income, level of education, and longevity in a randomly selected sample of music therapists residing in the Great Lakes Region. The aforementioned characteristics were correlated with attitudes toward work as measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory (Maslach & Jackson, 1986), and measures of stress and stress management as measured by the Stress Profile (Nowack, 1999). Participants scored in the low range for overall stress scores and in the moderate range for overall burnout scores. The results also indicated that high stress scores are indicative of higher scores on the emotional exhaustion subscale of the MBI. The findings in this study supported earlier research in the field which found that, overall, music therapists reported moderate levels of burnout.

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