Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


The initial collaboration with Susan, Youth Classical Ensemble (YCE) coordinator, was intended to improve parent involvement within the organization. Through the literature of the research conducted, researchers believed infusing various musical genres into YCE curriculum would allow parents to better connect with YCE and improve parent involvement. When presented with this new cultural approach Susan, voiced concerns among YCE faculty and board members. These concerns lead to the termination of the researcher’s collaboration with YCE. Becoming short circuited, researchers decided to illustrate the possible barriers future capstone students may encounter when working with an organization or program that may be resistant or reluctant to social change. Interviews were conducted with California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) faculty, YCE staff, and CSUMB students to get a better understanding of how this experience can help future capstone students. As a result of these interviews, researchers found strategies and suggestions to prevent other capstone projects from becoming short circuited.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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