Honors College
 

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Major

Music Education

Advisor(s)

Laura Artesani

Committee Members

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

Graduation Year

December 2020

Publication Date

Spring 5-2020

Abstract

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.

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