Poster Title

The Effects of Music and Breathing Exercises on Tic Frequency

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Music Education

Minor

NA

Institution

Morehead State University

KY House District #

CD 5

KY Senate District #

CD 5

Department

Department of Music, Theater, and Dance

Abstract

Many people with Tourette Syndrome experience tics that disrupt daily activities. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of breathing and music on adults with Tourette Syndrome. Using calming breathing exercises, carefully created playlists, and a simple musical work, the researcher led participants through guided exercises to determine if there was a correlation between tic frequency, stress, and music. Each participant completed reflections after each session and all sessions were video-recorded. After analyzing videos and reflections, the researcher looked for changes in tic frequency, both observed and perceived by each participant. Results of the study are reported and suggestions for future research made.

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The Effects of Music and Breathing Exercises on Tic Frequency

Many people with Tourette Syndrome experience tics that disrupt daily activities. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of breathing and music on adults with Tourette Syndrome. Using calming breathing exercises, carefully created playlists, and a simple musical work, the researcher led participants through guided exercises to determine if there was a correlation between tic frequency, stress, and music. Each participant completed reflections after each session and all sessions were video-recorded. After analyzing videos and reflections, the researcher looked for changes in tic frequency, both observed and perceived by each participant. Results of the study are reported and suggestions for future research made.