Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Can't fight the music: Utilizing improvisational musical performance to communicate with children on the topic of bullying
by Smith, Kristin E., M.A., East Carolina University, 2013, 105; 1547464
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the utilization of improvisational music techniques as a form of communication to address bullying in the Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation after -school program at Wintergreen Intermediate School in Greenville, NC. The study is based on a three week performance workshop conducted by the researcher with 17 students. The goal of the workshop was to teach children ages seven through eleven strategies to prevent, resolve and cope with bullying using improvisational music. Chapter 1 discusses previous literature on bullying, and improvisational music and performance. It lays the theoretical groundwork and provides the research methodology, while discussing the project's assumptions and limitations. Chapter 2 chronologically discusses the events of the workshop by week, highlighting and analyzing key moments. Chapter 3 discusses the follow up interviews, findings of the study, and recommendations for future projects.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thomson, Deborah
Commitee: Hairston, Michelle, Hubbard, Glenn, Shouse, Eric
School: East Carolina University
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Communication, Performing Arts
Keywords: Bullying, Communication, Community performance based research, Music, Performance
Publication Number: 1547464
ISBN: 9781303491580
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