ERIC Number: EJ1152415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Preschool Teachers' Use of Music in the Classroom: A Survey of Park District Preschool Programs
Rajan, Rekha S.
Journal of Music Teacher Education, v27 n1 p89-102 Oct 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore how preschool teachers use music and identify the types of music activities available to children in their classrooms. Preschool teachers (N = 178) at park district programs throughout a large state in the American Midwest responded to an online questionnaire. Although teachers acknowledged using music every day, examples of music activities were primarily teacher-directed such as singing along to CDs or following music cues. Teachers also used music to build academic connections and to engage children during transitions. Teachers valued music as important to their teaching practice and for its contribution to children's learning and development, but cited limited resources, a self-reported lack of music ability, and an absence of knowledge of the standards for music education, as inhibiting their use of child-centered music activities. Implications for teacher preparation and professional development course work in early childhood and music teacher education are discussed.
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Music, Music Education, Music Activities, Teaching Methods, Teacher Surveys, Questionnaires, Music Teachers, Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Early Childhood Education, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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