Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


College of the Arts


John J. Cali School of Music

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Karen Goodman

Committee Member

David Witten

Committee Member

Vanessa Alleyne


The role of music therapy in increasing motivation for change in individuals with dual diagnosis with regard to alcohol abuse and depression in an inpatient short-term psychiatric setting is explored in this pilot study. This study involves a total of ten participants attending five music therapy sessions which consist of music improvisation, drumming, sing along, lyrics discussion, song writing, and music relaxation. A Readiness to Change Questionnaire (RCQ), Music Therapy Questionnaire and Music Therapy Survey form are administered at different times of the sessions. The ¿-tests (within-subject design) are used to analyze the data. The study also includes descriptive data obtained from a Music Therapy Survey form at the time of the participants’ discharge. The goal of this study is to investigate whether or not the participants with dual diagnosis will report: a) an increase in motivation to change their alcohol use behavior as measured by an increase in an RCQ score, b) a difference in stage of change before and after the sessions, c) changes in their behavior as a result of music therapy, and d) an increase in their willingness to seek professional, and psychological help after discharge from the hospital. At the end of this study, the participants report an increase in RCQ scores, report differences in stage of change, though they did not attribute all changes to only music therapy sessions, and report their willingness to continue treatment after discharge.

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