USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

First Advisor

Stephanie Weber College of Education

Second Advisor

Olivia Hodges, Ph. D. College of Education


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type


Date Available

March 2012

Publication Date


Date Issued

May 2009


Music is a natural connection for individuals, beginning at birth, and positively affecting brain functioning and student achievement in all academic areas. The integration of music in the curriculum is a meaningful connection for elementary students. Music, which transcends any language barrier, can become a meaningful part of the elementary curriculum through a two-way transfer of information; children learn music through subject areas, while subject areas arc learned through music. Actively engaging students in a music-integrated curriculum allows students' brains to develop more completely and to improve in academic areas. Educators are able to incorporate music through a number of ways, including but not limited to, listening to music, composing music, critiquing music, and using background music to positively affect their students socially and academically.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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