Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Second Advisor

Dr. David Smith

Third Advisor

Ellen Griggs-Drane

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to measure the effects of a volunteer music therapy program on the self-esteem and locus of control of children survivors of domestic violence residing in a shelter for domestic violence. An experimental group which received music therapy and a no-contact control group were used in this study. The Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory Scale was used to measure the subjects' selfesteem while the Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control scale was used to measure the subjects' locus of control in both groups. These tests were administered before and after treatment for the experimental group. The control group was pre-tested during their first week in the shelter, and post-tested during their last week.

No significant difference between groups was found for the subjects' self esteem while significant differences were found between groups for the subjects' locus of control. It appeared that some individual subjects in the experimental group benefited from their involvement in the music therapy sessions.

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