ERIC Number: ED411209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Teaching Music, Developing Understanding, and the Classroom Teacher.
Grobman, Duane, II
Stemming from a teacher/researcher's experience in a public school where music was "hated" by students, this study investigates how early elementary students understand and appreciate music, and how classroom teachers can help students in this process. The research was conducted in a first and a second grade class in two Boston (Massachusetts) area schools. Equipped with a compact disk (CD) player, music, a tape recorder, and a series of lesson plans, the teacher/researcher conducted eight one-hour sessions with the second grade class and four fifty-minute sessions with the first grade class. He asked questions to elicit responses. The research revealed that students approached understanding music in seven different ways: specific instruments heard, repeats or patterns in the music, parts or divisions identified, sounds of the notes, images created by the music, connections with a prior memory, and feelings evoked. Classroom teachers with little or no musical training can incorporate music instruction in their classrooms to supplement instruction given by specialists. Knowing the way students approach music can aid teachers in guiding students to a deeper understanding of music. (Contains 19 references.) (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).