Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


E. Kellogg, PhD


Socio-emotional development is an important domain of childhood development. Research indicates that the development of socio-emotional skills can have both short-term and long-term outcomes in other areas of a child’s life (Jones et al., 2015; Hammer at el., 2018). The most widely used approach in teaching social and emotional skills in children currently is through a social emotional learning (SEL) program. Music therapy is a commonly used modality with children to reach a variety of different goals. This paper explores current ways music is being implemented for improving socio-emotional skills, both within social emotional learning and in music therapy contexts. The implications of these findings support the inclusion of music therapy within SEL programs to increase engagement and effectiveness and the development of a music therapy-based SEL program.

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