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School of Music


Music: Instrumental--Teacher Certification


music, intervention, at-risk, education, school


Accessibility | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Elementary Education | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Music Education | Music Pedagogy | Music Therapy | Secondary Education | Secondary Education and Teaching


Across the United States, public schools face many discrepancies in the quality and caliber of education that a student can expect to receive. While schools try to address the vast needs of students, many children and adolescents are unfortunately faced with choosing between prioritizing their education and the circumstances faced outside of the school day. The discrepancies in schooling range from the quality in the commonly accepted core curriculum like English and mathematics to the opportunities offered outside of traditional academia like music. Unfortunately, at-risk students are unlikely to have access to music education in the same ease as their more advantaged counterparts. The present study seeks to investigate the intersections between the issues faced by at-risk students and the benefits of participating in music programs as a therapeutic activity.