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Effects of Music on Two Emotionally Disturbed Students


CITATION:  Kariuki, Patrick and Honeycutt, Cindy.  (1998) An Investigation of the Effects of Music on Two Emotionally Disturbed Students' Writing Motivations and Writing Skills.  Conference of the Miod-South Research Association, New Orleans on November 4-6, 1998.

ABSTRACT:  This study investigated whether music could be used as a tool to motivate students with emotional disturbances to develop positive attitudes toward writing and whether these attitudes would result in a higher volume of writing output and improved writing skills. The research focused on two fourth-grade male students. The data collection instrument included a rubric writing skills evaluation, sentence quantity evaluation, and an opinioruhaire survey. Results indicated that the quality of basic writing skills 'capitalization, punctuation, neatness, creativity, and sentence sense) showed an overall improvement when both students were exposed to music during writing assignments. Both students were immediately absorbed in the music and the calming effect helped them to ignore surrounding distractions, thus enabling them to focus on their writing assignments. Quantity of writing increased substantially in writing assignments with music, while writing assignments without music were regarded as chores to he accomplished as quickly as possible. Results of the study also indicated improved attitudes for both students, who indicated that their writing assignments were exciting when exposed to music during writing.

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