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Research Proposal

Music can be an important outlet for some students to express their emotions and
experiences whether positive or negative. By engaging students in different musical
experiences we can help students develop different social skills, and even emotional
vulnerability. Dalcroze explains through his strategy that music should involve the whole body,
including the body and soul. This can be useful when trying engage students and help them
develop social skills that will help them in other contexts in life. This can also help them develop
social skills because they will get opportunities to create and respond to music with various
groups of people. Turner writes that by engaging students interests and catering lessons
towards students can help them develop social skills in the classroom. By allowing students to
choose the kind of activities that they participate in, students can develop different cognitive and
social skills. Through this research, I hope to discover new ways of creating experiences and
lessons where students feel comfortable being vulnerable in my classroom. These strategies
can be useful for other music educators as well as learners. This topic is very interesting to me
because I believe we should teach students that it’s okay to express emotions, and music is one
instrument we can use to do that. This research is beneficial not only for my own use but can
also be useful for other music educators.

Research Questions:
1. How can engaging students in the music classroom help develop students emotional
sensitivity and social development?
2. What are some strategies teachers can use to help students feel comfortable being
emotionally vulnerable.


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Turner, M. (7,1999) “Children Centered Learning and Music Programs.” ​Music Educators
Journal, Vol. 38. ​(1). Retrieved from: ​