ERIC Number: ED243776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
It's Time to Move: A Case for Movement Education in the Music Class.
Carlson, Deborah L.
A study done with fifth graders to determine how movement affected the students' attitudes toward music showed that the students enjoyed their music class more when they were involved in physical activities that were designed to reinforce the music concepts they were learning. Movement education in music helps children feel good about themselves and what they are doing, provides them with a means to creatively express feelings about the music that they may not be able to do verbally, and reinforces musical concepts that rhythmically and dynamically can better be grasped through movement than on the blackboard. A central notion of movement education is that teachers who are sensitively aware and alive in their own bodies are better able to respond to the child's approach and to choose appropriate challenges for the child. Teachers should be knowledgeable concerning the theory of movement and how it relates to music and be able to guide students in their efforts. If students are offered experiences that meet their learning needs in a positive way, they will use the experiences as building blocks. Teacher training is needed. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).