Capstone/Dissertation Title

Music participation and benefits to adolescents

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, does being involved in music programs give students a better chance to be more academically and socially successful in school than those who do not participate in music programs. The author conducts a literature review of several aspects and benefits of adolescent participation in music programs, including music advocacy, sense of belonging, academic success, and brain research. The author conducts action research involving approximately ninety students attending a high school of approximately nine hundred students. The research involved in this study includes an evaluation and analysis between music and non-music students while comparing to following information: student GPAs, participation in Advance Placement courses, student surveys, individual student interviews, and colleague interviews.

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