Date Approved

7-3-2017

Embargo Period

7-3-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S. Jay

Second Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Mathematics--Study and teaching; Learning disabled children--Behavior modification

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purposes of this exploratory investigation were to (a) determine if sixth grade students would improve their math performance (in areas of staying on task, focusing, and completing work) while classical music was being played, (b) determine if students will report they feel differently and more successful in the mathematics classroom while classical music was being played, and (c) determine if students with learning disabilities will improve their mathematical performance (in areas of staying on task, focusing, and completing work) while classical music is being played. In this study, there were 19 students. The results show that classical music had an overall positive effect on the students in the classroom.

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