The Influence of a Music Intervention Programme on Self-Esteem and Enhancing Students' Experiences in an Urban School Within an Under-Resourced Community (A Pilot Study)

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  • Loraine D. Cook The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
  • O'Neal Mundle The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Keywords:

Adolescents, Urban Students, Disadvantaged Children, Self Concept, Music in Education, Intervention Programmes, Jamaica

Abstract

This study sought to invesigate the impact of engagement in music activities on students' self-esteem. The 42 students who participated attended a remedial school for adolescents, located in an inner-city community. They were exposed to a music intervention programme for one semester. The study utilized a multi-method approach, in that students were observed and interviewed during the intervention programme and, in addition, pre- and post-tests were carried out using Rosenbergs' self-esteem instruments. The findings so far suggest that students and teachers felt that the music experience enhanded their academic experience.

Author Biographies

Loraine D. Cook, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

School of Education, Lecturer

O'Neal Mundle, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

School of Education, Lecturer in Music Education

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