The current study focused on examining the relationship between music media literacy and middle school students. The goal of the study was to bring awareness towards adding music media literacy in the middle school curriculum; in order to further educate middle school students on the potential negative effects of popular music on their attitudes and behaviors, help middle school students understand the processes involved in the creation of popular music, and help middle school students understand how popular music can reflect and impact society as a whole. Participants (n=20) were selected through social media ads, ads posted on listservs, and word of mouth. A series of analyses were conducted in SPSS to find any difference in how participants viewed music based on demographic factors. Results showed the students view the lyrics in music to be from real-life scenarios, such as sexualization, sexual activity, substance abuse, violence and aggression. As well, participants showed to view music as a portrayal of both men and women factually in the real-world. These findings support the need for music media literacy in middle school curriculum.
Keywords : sexualization, high risk-behaviors, real-life scenarios
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Psychology / Clinical Track
Mihalache, Stephanie B., "Middle School Education in Music Media Literacy Could Combat the Potential Negative Effects of Exposure to Sexual Content in Music" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 839.