Date Approved

2010

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Teacher Education

First Advisor

Linda Williams

Abstract

In my life, music and reading have brought me great joy and escape. To disappear from the world I would read a book, and to deal with stress I would play my piano. Entering Eastern Michigan University from high school I was very interested in looking into the Music Therapy Program. I had worked with students with special needs at my past elementary school and had recently welcomed a baby cousin into my family who was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. I had experienced firsthand the healing power of music with adults and children, and I wanted explore this major. After auditioning, I discovered pure Music Therapy was not my true dream because teaching was my passion. I decided to use music therapy in the classroom and my path was set for elementary education. However at the end of my third year, while choosing a topic for my thesis, my advisor mentioned Bibliotherapy and without even knowing fully what it involved, something in my soul screamed “Yes” and that became my Senior Honour Thesis Topic.

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