Date Approved

6-18-2009

Embargo Period

3-17-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

Curriculum enrichment; Music in education

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this teacher research was to examine the effects of music on student comprehension, cooperative learning and the surrounding learning community. This study was conducted within a third grade inclusion classroom. The students were exposed to educational songs in mathematics, writing and science. The students were also provided with the opportunity to create their own songs about matter and showcase them through their production of music videos. Data for this study was collected through video recordings, student interviews, teacher interviews, and teacher/researcher observations and journal. This study demonstrated that music has a positive effect on the learning environment and student comprehension. The study's findings also suggest that music can contribute to creating an exciting and welcoming learning environment in which the students demonstrate an overwhelming desire to learn.

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