30 Oct Musical participation and positive youth development in middle school
ABSTRACT: This Fender and USC-sponsored study examined positive youth development (PYD), school connectedness (SC), and hopeful future expectations (HFE) in middle school students (N = 120) with four levels of musical participation in school-based and extracurricular music programs. They examined many variable and also noted that students from lower socio-economic circumstances benefited more, showing the importance of access to music education. The findings add to the body of literature on the role of curricular and extracurricular music programs in adolescent development as they relate to the acquisition of specialized skills, emotional regulation and character building and a more postive connection to school.
AUTHOR SUMMARY: Beatriz Ilari, Eun Cho