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ERIC Number: ED378098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 64
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving First Grade Academic Skills through the Integration of Music into the First Grade Curriculum.
Hart-Davis, Charity
This study designed a music program for improving academic skills of first grade students after the teaching staff found the students doing average work in the classroom. The school involved in the study was located in an urban, middle class community in Northern Illinois. Results of standardized tests showed the extent of the academic problems of students in the classroom. Analysis of probable cause data found that teachers consistently did not integrate music into their curriculum. Although teachers valued music as an important part of the curriculum, their schedules did not allow enough time for consistent implementation in their classrooms. In addition, the classroom teachers and the music specialist had not worked together to integrate music with the first grade curriculum. Two categories of intervention selected by the music specialist were the use of a rhythmic movement curriculum and the use of whole language activities. The solutions were related to the first grade curriculum as defined by the targeted group's teacher. The results of the intervention indicated that all symptoms of the original problem were reduced. As projected, the students' academic skills improved through integration of the first grade reading curriculum with the music program. A survey found that the majority of students in the targeted group enjoyed the intervention. Appendixes contain a teacher survey, music lesson plans, Solar System Songs, a Student Survey, and a literature list. Contains 20 references. (Author/CK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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