Research Project 2022

PROJECT TITLE: Exploration of music listening group intervention and adolescents’ emotions, thoughts, behaviours, and lives after the COVID-19 pandemic.

 The purpose of this research is to explore how the classical music listening group intervention will influence the adolescents’ emotions, thoughts, behaviours, and lives after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Franz Liszt’s described Beethoven’s second movement of the ‘Moonlight’ Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2: “It is a flower between two chasms” (Brendel, 2001, p. 71). Similarly, adolescents stay in this unprecedented time between two chasms, past and future; childhood and adulthood. The situation associated with pandemic leads to the fact that adolescents become distracted, insecure, and diffuse about the future and the value of life.

This 6-week music listening intervention will provide adolescents the needed attention, care, and love, assisting them to continue healthy life.

According to McCabe’s research (McCabe, 2009) anxiety, stress, and depression have increased amongst adolescents throughout the COVID-19. As the pandemic continues, their mental health continues being in danger. This mixed method research answers the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which many adolescents suffer fears, anxiety, stress, and depression.

Five adolescents-volunteers between the age of 9 and 13 will be recruited from the Belarus Canadian Alliance Community.

There will be six music therapy group sessions once a week, each session lasting an hour and a half.

The sessions will consist the three phases: 1) pretest, 2) intervention, 3) post-test.

Intervention will include: a) pre-talk/discussion, b) induction – breathing relaxation, c) interactive music experience with classical music d) mandala/expressing imagery on musical instruments, c) post-talk/integration.

Keywords: Adolescents, anxiety, psychosocial coherence, the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, electromagnetic waves, emotional stability, cognitive function, altered state of consciousness, self-actualization.

Confidentiality:

The research will be accepted at the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board. All participants’ personal information will be treated confidential, although absolute privacy cannot be guaranteed. No information that discloses the participants’ identity will be released or published without their specific consent. The participants will be assigned a pseudonym so that their identities will not be directly associated with the data they have provided. All data, including coded information, will be kept in a password-protected file. After the study is completed, all de-identified data will be deleted after a period of three years from completion of the study. Research records may be accessed by the research supervisor in order to ensure continuing ethics compliance.

The results of this study may be published or presented at an academic conference, but the data will be presented without identities of the participants.

Poster Project 2022