De Vida Gill


Many research studies have focused on aspects of music, mental processing, and education, but few have integrated music with mental health practices and theory in order to understand the potential effects of enhanced learning. This research applied a biopsychosocial (biological, psychological, and social) approach to provide a holistic view of the relationship between music and mental processing. In particular, this phenomenological study of non-musicians and professional musicians demonstrated the significance of music as a universal language. Additionally, the intrinsic and extrinsic effects of music are shown to enhance learning for the artist and listeners. The findings suggest that music can enhance our learning and support understandings of human behavior, oneself, and ultimately life. This study found that the composition of music initially captures a listener’s attention—whether it is the vibration of the rhythm, melody, tempo, or harmony—whereas the lyrics ignite the listener's personal experiences and memories and provide a pathway to transform thoughts and mood and take the listener on an emotional journey.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational leadership; Music -- Psychological aspects; Music therapy; Music -- Physiological aspects

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Cain, Ebony