Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2017

Faculty Advisor

Dana Ulveland

Abstract

Music is a powerful part of our world. It touches our daily lives and surrounds us more than we even realize. It connects us to others, builds culture, and is appreciated by many. Music has been taught in schools for many years and is a part of many memories of students from elementary school. Music is full of theory. From the note names and sounds, rhythm and beats, time signature…the list of theoretical aspects goes on and on. Although these components are the measurable forms of music, these are not what people remember and what makes music powerful. It is the combination of all of those components created into a musical song that creates power. The way music makes people feel and what they experience is what sets music apart and makes it a staple in culture. Our education system is highly influenced by behavioristic theories. Behaviorism tells us that learning is quantifiable and measurable. We see in our education system music being taught and placed under behaviorism, which is not a place that it fits. Music is not based on theory or logic but on emotion and experience. There has been a great deal of research done on the way that we experience the natural world and the ways that these experiences shape us as people.

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