The Role of Music-Based Activities in Fostering Well-Being of Adolescents: Insights from a Decade of Research (2008–2018)

  • Imelda S. CaleonEmail author


The aim of this review was to identify underpinning mechanisms and outcomes featured in music-based intervention activities aiming to foster well-being of adolescents. Twenty-seven databases were searched spanning 10 years (2008–2018), with 13 articles meeting the inclusion criteria. Application of thematic analysis resulted in three key themes: (1) music-based activities as catalyst for relationship building, (2) music-based activities as means for self-expression and self-regulation and (3) music-based activities as resource for self-transformation. These themes were deemed to be underpinned by the promotion of the satisfaction of students’ basic psychological needs of competence, relatedness and autonomy. Suggestions for further studies are presented.



The authors would like to thank the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, for offering grant support to Project OER 21/17 ISC (IRB-2018-03-037). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIE.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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