Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Music Therapy

Juxtaposition: ADHD and Music at School/Juxtaposition: TDA/H et Musique À L'école

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Music Therapy

Juxtaposition: ADHD and Music at School/Juxtaposition: TDA/H et Musique À L'école

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I try to control it but I can't really

It makes you hyper and it sort of loses your concentration

He's impulsive

Annoying

Unapproachable

We had to sit in desks all day

It was really hard

...just talking and silence

He needs to have a little more maturity

But with music there's sort of like color

Time goes by faster

It's not as boring

It's easier to get work done

It puts more fun into the day

School Rules: No MP3 players

When it was funner I could learn more!

For some kids it does help

Sometimes I think we restrict... or quash some of the

productivity of the kids because of those rules

Hard rock...loud music

I can focus with ones that are loud

* Some of them are the beat, some of them is the singing, the

words that I like

It kind of pumps me up I guess

I'm not always convinced that they are making the choice to use

the kind of music that would help them

They will use the wrong kind of music

...It keeps me from rushing

If you take music away, it's like taking glasses away from another

person, so that now they can't read, that doesn't help them

Now they can't focus or now they can't stay calm

I sort of zoned out in the music

The class went by faster

The music just kinda soothes his mind and just slows him down

His self esteem has never been high

Sometimes I might be down a bit,

then I'll listen to my music and I'll feel a lot better

This research poem is an evocative representation of findings based on a single subject case study (Merriam, 1988), which was used to explore how music listening during individual seat work in the classroom affected an adolescent boy diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, see Wiebe, 2007). The study's purpose was to understand the challenges that an adolescent boy diagnosed with ADHD faced in his life at school, and to gain a better understanding of how music could potentially affect his ability to self-regulate and cope with the detrimental effects of ADHD during in-class seat work. …

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