Honors College

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Music Education


Laura Artesani

Committee Members

Dan Barrett, Ginger Y. Hwalek, Margaret O. Killinger, Jennie Woodard

Graduation Year

December 2020

Publication Date

Spring 5-2020


Music is important to the development of well-being, and it is part of the reason I am who I am today. In my thesis, I will be discussing how music shaped me, and why I think it is important in the lives of our youth. I will specifically be focusing on how music serves as a form of communication, particularly in the lives of middle school students. I will be discussing how music can be a comfort to students as they transition to adulthood. I will give examples from my childhood development and from data collected through interviews with two middle school teachers about how music impacted them and has further helped them impact others. I include a literature review as well, and conclude with final points on how music can positively impact and grow the communication skills of middle schoolers.