Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and University Honors
Homelessness, Homeless youth -- Services for, Arts -- Study and teaching, Music -- Study and teaching, Neurosciences
In an effort to combat the harmful physiological, societal, and psychological effects of the cutting of arts and music program budgets in public schools, and close the achievement gap for those in lower socioeconomic classes and underrepresented populations, this thesis created a functional community music training program, especially for homeless youth in Portland, OR. The author reviewed current literature across disciplines to form a curriculum based on evidence in psychological, educational, and cognitive neuroscience research. The curriculum was collaboratively formed with active music training professionals. The intervention was piloted via the ongoing collaboration between Portland-based arts-integrated science outreach group NW Noggin, and the daytime homeless youth center, p:ear. Observed efficacy, reaction, and implications for future efforts are discussed.
Hamlin, Jesse M., "Community Music for Human Development : A Brain-Centered Approach to Outreach" (2018). University Honors Theses. Paper 531.