Music and Mental Health


  • Mackenzie Gora Elmhurst College
  • Kathy Sexton-Radek Elmhurst College



music, mental health


Music and Mental Health

54% of household have someone who plays an instrument. 64% start playing between ages 5 to 11. (18% start playing between 12 and 14). 54% believe in early music exposure. 89% believe in increase intelligence. 97% believes that it provides a sense of accomplishment. Long Term vs. Short Term Effects

  • The Mozart Effect
  • Plasticity of the Brain

The Developmental Stages

  • The perfect age of music

How It Came Together

Lack of Mental Health and Music Awareness connection of our Mind

My Goal: A Positive Correlation

Methods & Procedure

Participant Total: 75, Average age: 26.05, Average MAP score: 2.5, Average self-esteem score: 28/30. One-way ANOVA: p – value + 0.025 (composite and self – esteem score). Person correlation: p – value + 0.009 (tone and self – esteem score)

Music has an overall effect on us.

Deeper Analysis:

Age and enjoyment

Stronger correlation at neurological level

Distribution between musicians and non – musicians

Going further: our music education programs




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Author Biographies

Mackenzie Gora, Elmhurst College


Kathy Sexton-Radek, Elmhurst College




How to Cite

Gora, M., & Sexton-Radek, K. (2018). Music and Mental Health. Journal of Student Research.