Document Type



Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor's Name

Kathleen Kerstetter

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Joel Galand

Third Advisor's Name

Adriana McEachem

Date of Defense



The purpose of this study was to examine and expand upon the role the Programas de Orquestas Sinfonicas Juveniles (POSJU) experiences play in self-esteem and social skills. The research took place in Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza School, one of ten POSJU centers, located in the San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thirty-eight students (N=38) aged 7 to 17 participated in this study. Participants rated their self-esteem and social skills using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) and the Social Skills Competence Checklist (SSCC). No significant differences between pre- and post-evaluations on RSES and. SSCC were found. For additional information, teachers evaluated all participants using the Teacher Student Report (TSR). Significant differences were found across the construct of social skills, but not self-esteem. Information regarding the POSJU after school program was collected from parents through a Parent Questionnaire Report (PQR). Overall, parents’ responses towards the program show satisfaction with POSJU.




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