Emotional experiences of non-musically trained college students while improvising music in a group setting
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AuthorRoyes, Matthew R.
KeywordResearch Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Music
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Psychology
Music therapy -- Study and teaching
Music therapy -- Research
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AbstractThe purpose of this study is to explore the effects of music improvisation on the emotional experiences of college students who have no previous music training. The participants (N=12) involved in this study consisted of college students, both male (n=5) and female (n=7), in both undergraduate and graduate programs. The participants were split into three groups, consisting of four participants in each group. Participants completed a questionnaire identifying their current emotional state, and then participated in a group music improvisation facilitated by the researcher. The participants then completed a second questionnaire to identify emotions they felt during and after the improvisation. Results indicated that music improvisation evoked more positive emotions in participants. In general, participants reported a decrease in negative emotions and an increase in positive emotions after participating in active music improvisation. Implications for this study include the use of music improvisation as a viable method in the field of music therapy to both elicit and modulate emotions within clients who have no musical training.
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