In the second day intervention, which held on September 17,2018, there were only two activities, i.e. the listening of music and imagination writing of students. These two activities were similar to the practices of the first day intervention but that day i only have a short time to so there was no any interview after the session. It took me only about an hour to complete the music listening session.
Students seemed to be more relaxed as we started to feel more comfortable getting to know each other. We moved to conference room where it was more quite to conduct an intervention and the room also have air conditioners so students can be fully at ease. They even asked me if they could lay down on the floor while listening to musics. I didn’t refuse that as I want to make them feel comfortable . It showed that they were very much relaxed . However, there were few of them started to playing each other while everyone listening to musics. The assistant teacher had to step up telling them to stop playing and to be more focused on the process. This showed that some of these students can lose their focus easily.
How did the third day of intervention go on?
The third day intervention hold on September 21, 2018. I arrived at school at 1 as a usual. Two parts of music session were conducted in the same ways as the previous two.
After the music session of this day was completed, I conducted the post-intervention test. Again, the Anxiety Test as modified was used.
How did the in-depth interview of third day go on; what data I could collect from the interview?
Apart from the quantitative evaluation, there were in-depth interviews in the third day intervention.
As in-depth interview questions were relating to conditions of students who had participated in all phases of the intervention, they were reasonably different from those used in the first day intervention. These questions include:
(1) What are you worried about regarding to the class (if any)?
(2) It your anxiety exists, do you think music can decrease it?
(3) How does it make you feel while listening to music?
Again, I explained each question clearly and noted each answer by myself and comforted each student in organizing his answer. The followings were answers to the questions.
Omo told me that, with regarding the class, what he was worried about was math. He felt he was sometimes stressed and hearing music could reduce stress. It made him more comfortable and more encouraged although he felt math was still a hard subject.
Ball told me that only math that made him reasonably worried about and he felt stressed when he thought of it. He believed that his stress had been slightly relaxed when hearing music. Music hearing made him feel encouraged. He believed hearing this kind of music for a period of time could keep him a way from stress and also could be useful for his personal life.
He told me he was worried about math which was very difficult. Math teachers were very kind but the subject content was complicate. A lot of math homework were assigned to him and his friends. Apart from math, there were nothing causing him stressed. When hearing the music, he thought about math and class environments which makes him feel a bit stressed in a first part of the song but at the end of the song he felt more encouraged. He explained to me that it might be the rhythm of the song that makes him feel like that. He also felt that 20 minutes might be too long for him.
He told me that what he was worried about was his math class. It was very difficult for him and his friends. It made him feel stressed which was reasonably reduced when hearing music. He believed that music hearing would make him strong enough to struggle with math.
Dan told me what he was worried about was math. Only math that made him stressed. His stress might be slightly reduced by hearing this type of music. It was useful more than he thought. He felt more encouraged when hearing it.
Man told me that he was worried about math. He felt less anxious when hearing music but he was not sure that music hearing could make him more concentrated. Any way, he felt more comfortable when hearing music.
Song told me that he was rarely stressed. Even in the math class, he felt comfortable . He believed music hearing made him more concentrated.
Woody insisted that he was worried about nothing. He did not have any difficulty even in math class. He felt more encouraged when hearing music.
Tee told me what he was worried about was his math class. He had to face voluminous homework assigned. He was not worried about math teachers, who were very helpful and respectful. He was worried only about the subject content of math. He was reasonably encouraged by music hearing of to day.
As in the first day interview, Tua insisted that with regarding to math and other subjects, he was worried about nothing. He felt happy and more encouraged when hearing music.
After completion of the in-depth interview, I conducted a group discussion.
When I asked the whole group how did they feel for this intervention, all students said OK. Some said the room was comfortably cool and they wanted to join the event like this frequently. After informal chatting, I requested students to express their opinion freely. All seemed to to think that classical music can make them relaxed. Man was the only student who raised his hand and said that he was attending a math class as soon as the intervention ended. He told me to ask the school administrator to reduce math homework. He admitted that in sometime and to some extent, music hearing could reduce his math anxiety but he did think it could make him smart enough to get a good grade from his math teachers. Most participants were satisfied with his comment. Man’s enthusiastic participation could make the discussion more lively. They applauded for Man but no one further commented.
Before leaving, I talked with Miss Chanan and her assistant who told me that they both knew all students very well. I reminded them to observe symptoms of class anxiety of these students for the time span of two weeks and reported to me whether there were any changes after the intervention.
I spent more than two hours with students for the third day intervention