Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Music Education

First Advisor's Name

Patrick Schmidt

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Cathy Benedict

Third Advisor's Name

Joel Galand


Orchestra, Sistema, Curriculum, Guatemala, Social Interactions, influence

Date of Defense



The purpose of this case study is to determine the influence of the curriculum used by the Guatemalan Municipal Orchestra (GMO) upon the social interactions of its members. Social interactions include relations with families, teachers, and music colleagues. To determine this influence, the researcher framed the study using three main components: the impact of music in the development of children’s social skills; the curricula forming educational processes; and the characteristics of the Venezuela musical program, El Sistema. These foundations are explored via the tenets of participatory literacy. The data collection included interviews, surveys, and observation of students, parents, teachers, and administrative personnel. Two primary themes emerged from the data analysis: the development of a sense of community and the presence of intrinsic and external motivators implicit in the GMO environment. The final analysis suggests that curricular practices in the GMO positively influenced the development of students’ social interactions.





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