Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Second Advisor

Ellen Page-Robin

Third Advisor

Wayne Fugua

Fourth Advisor

David Sheldon

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) on life satisfaction and self-esteem in the elderly. Twenty-two elderly people took part in the experimental study with 11 subjects in the experimental condition and 11 subjects in the control condition.

The Life Satisfaction Index-A (Neugarten, Havighurst, & Tobin, 1961) was used to measure life satisfaction and the Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965) was used to measure self-esteem. Data collected from these instruments revealed a significant increase at the alpha level of .05 on Life Satisfaction Index-A scores in the subjects who received GIM. Self-esteem scores appeared not to be effected by GIM. The age of the subjects had no impact on the Life Satisfaction Index-A or the Self-Esteem scores, however, these scores were affected by the number of years subjects lived in the independent living facility.

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