The shelter band: Homelessness, social support and self-esteem in a community music partnership

David H. Knap, Carlos Silva

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The transition from homelessness into mainstream society involves external factors, such as obtaining housing and employment. Research also indicates that social support and perceptions of self-efficacy are important psychological factors in escaping homelessness. Music interventions, such as participation in performing ensembles, have been shown to aid in the development of social skills among marginalized populations and improve participants’ psychological well-being. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of a music intervention on perceptions of social support and self-esteem among individuals experiencing homelessness. Members of The Shelter Band included residents at a large emergency homeless shelter in the Southeast United States, shelter staff and university music education students. The band rehearsed a variety of rock songs weekly and performed regularly for civic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-247
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Community Music
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • Community music
  • Homelessness
  • Internal cognition
  • Music education
  • Self-efficacy
  • Social support
  • Vernacular music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music


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