Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors
Music -- Social aspects, Social skills in children, Music -- Instruction and study, Social integration
Many cultures around the world are experiencing a decline in social wellness. This may be attributed to the decrease in quality and quantity of social connections people have been experiencing in recent times. 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. Active participation in group music making has been shown to promote prosocial attitudes and behaviors. 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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Trees, Gabriel V., "Music Education as a Potential Mediator for Social Decline" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 873.