Primary Investigator:

Sara Beck, a PhD candidate in Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt's Peabody College, studies how interpersonal synchrony and lyrical content contribute to prosocial behaviors following musical engagement.

Population of interest:

Preschool-age children


Our research measures patterns, frequency, and volume of "helping and sharing" behaviors among preschool-age children following musical or non-musical play. 

For more information, contact, Sara Beck here.



KindnessKids' album "Join in the Song!",  is a unique venture at the intersection of music and child development research. 

Based on research that suggests that moving together to music increases trust and feelings of affiliation, the album features songs about kindness to self, others, animals, and the earth--- and does it in a groovy way to get kids moving together!

The project was spearheaded by Sara Beck and Colleen Russo, both PhD candidates at Vanderbilt's Peabody College. They received a grant from the Vanderbilt Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy to design this album and record these tunes.