ERIC Number: ED447062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Working in Harmony: Some Effects of Music in the Classroom.
McGovern, Anne Marie
The objective of this research project is to observe some effects music has on the elementary classroom. This study was conducted with the third grade students throughout the first semester of the 1999-2000 school year. Music is a language with powerful appeal to children of all ages. Love of music may be an excellent strategy to assist and motivate children to learn. It is also important to note that children retain 24 percent of what they hear, 40 percent of what they see, and 70 percent of what they learn through multisensory experiences. The instructor explored strategies in which music might enhance the classroom learning environment. Some strategies that were implemented were the use of rhythm spelling and using song and movements to help remember key concepts. Background music during instruction was employed. The instructor implemented music to change the students' state of mind. Finally, motivation was explored through music in the classroom. Results suggested that the students enjoyed the varied uses of music in the classroom. Motivating music, the clapping rhythm, and Rhythm Spelling were cited as particularly useful and appreciated by students. The use of positive morning music was found to be not helpful in improving the classroom environment. (Author/BB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: M.A. Action Research Project, Field Based Masters Program, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.