Implementation of a Music-Based Intervention to Decrease Problem Behaviors in Two Kindergarten Students

Date of Award

Winter 12-20-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in School Psychology


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Margaret Potter


Aggressive and noncompliant behavior can have a negative impact on a child’s present and future functioning (Sattler, 2014). Interventions implemented to address these externalizing behaviors can be based on a variety of factors. The purpose of this project was to explore the effects of a music-based intervention that provided listeners with classical music intended to improve cognitive performance. The goal of the intervention was to improve attention and focus and reduce the problematic behavior of two kindergarten students. The Listening Program (TLP) was implemented as an online intervention which required access to a computer and designated headphones. Data collected included a behavior tracking completed by the special education teacher and paraprofessional who assessed the child's behavior in a variety of educational settings throughout the day. Results indicated that the intervention was not effective. However, possible explanations for these results, as well as limitations of the study are discussed.

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