Bullying and Adolescent Participation in Choir

December 3, 2012 / By: Benjamin Perry Waltz

Using literature from a variety of sources, this paper explores the nature of bullying and its effect on male participation in choir. Gender stereotyping is identified as a common cause for boys to experience peer pressure to quit or resist joining choir. The final two chapters discuss teachers’ roles in combating bullying.  More specifically, the choral director’s role in harboring healthy social behaviors within and outside of choral ensembles is discussed. Finally, the choral director’s ability to use choral literature to advocate for students’ safety from bullying is suggested through a hypothetical recruitment visit to a middle school feeder program