ERIC Number: EJ1138678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Music Education in Montessori Schools: An Exploratory Study of School Directors' Perceptions in the United States
Rajan, Rekha S.
International Journal of Music Education, v35 n2 p227-238 May 2017
This exploratory study examined the changing role of music education and the availability of musical experiences for students attending Montessori schools in the Midwestern United States. On a survey instrument designed by the researcher, Montessori school directors (N = 36) from eight states shared descriptions of the current role of music at their schools, the challenges faced when teaching music, individual perceptions of the impact of music on development, and beliefs about music as a valuable component of the curriculum. Data included responses to Likert-scale items and open-ended questions in an online survey. Analyses revealed that while school directors believed music could be used to engage students in learning or to build upon issues of multicultural understanding, opportunities for musical engagement were limited as a result of stringent budget cuts or time restrictions in the classroom. Implications are discussed in terms of including music in the Montessori classroom in ways that align with Maria Montessori's pedagogies situated within an international context.
Descriptors: Music Education, Montessori Method, Role of Education, Likert Scales, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Surveys, Online Surveys, Cultural Awareness, Teaching Methods, Cultural Pluralism, Budgets, Retrenchment, Elementary School Students, Kindergarten, Preschool Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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