Date of Award
Project (696 or 796 registration)
Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction
elementary music, music participation, music attitudes
The research was based on observations from the researcher’s time in the elementary music classroom and addresses the decline of willingness to participate in students in the upper elementary grades. The research addresses the following two research questions; how do family and student attitudes and dynamics towards singing affect student participation in singing in elementary music class? And in what ways could singing be presented and included in instruction to better engage the older elementary learner? The researcher selected fourth and fifth grade students as the participants in the study. Students were given surveys asking questions about participation and attitudes towards music and were also observed. The researcher found that there was some correlation between family attitudes and students’ willingness to participate in music related activities. The researcher also found that students prefer to experience music through instruments and technology. The researcher hopes to incorporate more family education and community outreach, along with more technology-based instruction to her methods of music education and will encourage other music educators to do the same.
Jirik, Abigail, "Engagement in Music Education in the Upper Elementary Grades" (2021). Dissertations, Theses, and Projects. 516.