Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Dr. Brian Wilson

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Scovel

Third Advisor

Dr. Ellen Page-Robin

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of the study was to determine if there were any significant differences in perceived mood states between patients in hospice care who received music therapy services and patients in hospice care who did not receive music therapy services.

Twenty-eight participants were surveyed using the Profile of Mood States (short form). Fourteen participants received music therapy services for a minimum of five hours, and fourteen participants did not receive music therapy services. The participants were matched in pairs by gender, location, diagnosis, and age, and were patients in one of three hospice locations in the United States which agreed to participate in the study. Staff at each hospice location was responsible for choosing participants, securing informed consent and administering the surveys.

Results of paired t-tests revealed that there were no significant differences between the groups. Two factors approached significance, however. The participants who received music therapy had lower scores on the anger scale and higher scores on the fatigue scale than the non-music therapy participants.

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Music Therapy Commons