We present students with music outside of their normal day-to-day preferences to spark curiosity and motivation by illuminating knowledge gaps (Loewenstein, 1994).



Developmentally, music provides an emotional connection for pre-adolescent and adolescent students while helping to construct their sense of identity, socialization and motivation (Miranda, 2013). 



Adolescents enjoy listening to music by a 2:1 ratio over social media engagement (Common Sense, 2015). 

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Music is a fundamental aspect of human cultural development, used to express universal themes through regionally and culturally unique forms.  "Music is a universal trait of humankind. Throughout the ages it has played a significant role in the lives of people in every part of the globe. " (Hodges, 1999)




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  2. Hodges, D. Human Musicality. In Hodges, D. Handbook of Music Psychology 2nd ed. IMP Press, San Antonio. 1999.)
  3. Loewenstein, G. (1994). The psychology of curiosity. A review and reinterpretation. Psychological Bulletin, 116(1), 91.
  4. Miranda, D. (2013). The role of music in adolescent development: much more than the same old song. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 18(1). 5-22