My research examines how active engagement with music effects the development of resilience in preschoolers. I follow nearly 200 children and their families as they take part in music lessons each week.
I use a mixed measures design, which I think gives me the best of both worlds – and a really nice snapshot of what is happening. I use surveys, psychometric measures of resilience, visual ethnography, and interviews.
I follow the children through their music classes and test them individually. I talk to them, their parents, and their school teacher to try and capture as complete a picture of their developing resilience as possible.
I am specifically looking at three factors: self-regulation, attachment, and initiative.
The first phase of data collection is all but complete. Bring on the new year!