ERIC Number: EJ1019770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Creativity in the Elementary Music Classroom: A Study of Students' Perceptions
Coulson, Andrea N.; Burke, Brigid M.
International Journal of Music Education, v31 n4 p428-441 Nov 2013
This research explored essential elements to be considered when teaching US students to develop and define creativity in the general elementary (students aged 5-11 years) music classroom. This case study focused on answering the following research questions: 1) What are students' perceptions of creativity? 2) How can music educators successfully implement improvisation lessons to promote student creativity and learning? Data included students' in-class written work and homework, and field notes taken during observations of classroom discussions after improvisation lessons. Analysis of this data provided evidence that students produce more creative, original music when they are more confident with their musical ability. Students viewed music they enjoyed as creative. Students also believed that a variety of instruments or rhythms make music creative. Although improvisation skills were demonstrated for students, the results indicated that students might take more risks when creating music if their teachers played music and demonstrated skills more often in class.
Descriptors: Creativity, Music Education, Elementary School Students, Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Music Teachers, Teaching Methods, Homework, Observation, Group Discussion, Self Esteem, Performance Based Assessment, Listening
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4
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