The middle school music exploratory experience in School District #61

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dc.contributor.author Gerrits, Pamela
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-13T21:26:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-13T21:26:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-09-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3572
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to explore educators’ perceptions of middle school music exploratory classes in School District #61. The study utilized semi-structured interviews with 6 teachers and 3 administrators in a multiple case study. Participants were asked their perceptions of the original intent, current reality, benefits, and challenges of exploratory courses. The study found that there are middle school students in the district not being offered music exploratory courses due to student enrolment and principal selection of exploratory offerings. The curriculum and assessment are determined and developed by the individual teachers. A variety of topics are being taught including world music, ukulele, guitar, song-writing, and popular music. Teachers favour the use of current technology. Challenges included reluctant students, classroom management, a lack of planning time, and the number of report cards completed. Findings showed that music exploratory courses are effective in middle schools, engaging students in a relaxed teaching atmosphere, with individual and interdependent learning, creativity, and ‘hands-on’ learning. It is recommended that a resource pool be created with curriculum and assessment tools, that further dialogue occurs on assessment and the course goals, and that the music exploratory program be expanded across School District #61. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject music education en_US
dc.subject music en_US
dc.subject exploratory en_US
dc.subject music exploratory en_US
dc.subject sd #61 en_US
dc.subject school district #61 en_US
dc.subject semi-structured interviews en_US
dc.subject multi case analysis en_US
dc.subject multiple case analysis en_US
dc.subject exploratory courses en_US
dc.subject curriculum en_US
dc.subject assessment en_US
dc.subject topics en_US
dc.title The middle school music exploratory experience in School District #61 en_US
dc.type project en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Kennedy, Mary
dc.degree.department Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Education M.Ed. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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