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DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Olivia Martin – The Psycho-physical Effects of Music

Name: Olivia Martin
Driving Question: What are the psycho-physical effects of music?
Why the student selected the project:
I selected this project because music has always had a strong presence in my life. I wanted to know how and why it affects us so much.
One paragraph description of the research/conclusion and the product:
My research suggested that music has numerous effects on the human mind and body.  Ranging from musical chills to influencing our mood, music can make the difference between having a good day and having a bad day. It affects us all consciously in different ways. Subconsciously, it is evident in our brains that we are predisposed to prefer certain music genres, and our brains react accordingly. My product was based upon our conscious and subconscious perceptions of music. I hosted an experiment where, after gathering a group of twelve participants, I played the same song for every two people, and had them complete a non-objective painting based upon how the song made them feel. This resulted in many interesting similarities, which ranged from similar color choices and patterns. After the experiment, Katie Disharoon (another senior at DHS) and I hosted an Art Gallery where we displayed our paintings. Students and teachers were encouraged to browse the gallery, and enjoy the music and art.
DHS Art Gallery

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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