First Advisor

Fred Sly

Date of Award


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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors






Well-being -- Social aspects, Well-being -- Effect of music on, Music education -- Psychological aspects, Social skills in children, Music -- Instruction and study




Many cultures around the world are experiencing a decline in social wellness (Welch et al, 2014). This may be attributed to the decrease in quality and quantity of social connections people have been experiencing in recent times (Bruce et al., 2019; Konrath et al, 2011). Among the activities that seem to help humans feel connected and accountable to each other are the community singing, dancing, and drumming that has been part of our human heritage since before the beginning of written history (Buren et al., 2019; Harvey, 2018; Kirschner & Tomasello, 2010; Loersch & Arbuckle, 2013; Maury & Rickard, 2016; Schellenberg et al., 2015). Active participation in group music making has been shown to promote prosocial attitudes and behaviors (Good & Russo, 2016; Ilari, Helfter, & Huynh, 2020; Maury & Rickard, 2016; Williams et al., 2015). Music education for preschoolers and primary school students may be an effective method of providing opportunities for our youth to cultivate social skills, and could be an important step towards reversing our apparent current social decline.


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