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ERIC Number: EJ1171782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2154-6282
Effective Integration of Music in the Elementary School Classroom
DiDomenico, James
i.e.: inquiry in education, v9 n2 Article 4 2017
This project was conducted as part of the requirement for a practitioner-oriented research course within the author's teacher education degree program at a private nondenominational Midwestern university. The purpose of the project was twofold: (1) to investigate ways in which music can be integrated into the elementary school curriculum; and (2) to examine how music can serve as a medium of both improving the overall class environment and promoting a better understanding of the curricular material. This study used a quantitative survey that was distributed among 46 elementary school teachers who teach at two ethnically diverse elementary schools in the western suburbs of a large Midwestern metropolitan city. A semistructured qualitative interview was conducted with one teacher who is known to be a strong proponent of using music in her second-grade classroom. The author's journal of observational and self-reflective notes assisted in the final stages of the data analysis process. This study shows that music is used fairly extensively for four distinct purposes: (1) to alter mood; (2) to teach core subjects; (3) to promote creativity and personal expression; and (4) for classroom management and cohesiveness. The author provides recommendations to help current classroom teachers integrate music on a greater and more effective level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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