Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

Understanding Music Education through the Lens of a Generalist: A Case Study of Teachers’ Beliefs
Bradford Yamamoto, Jr; Jose Anguiano, Ph.D.

Research suggests teachers with prior experience with music are more likely to do curriculum integration. This case study examined how teachers’ beliefs and personal musical experiences impacted how music was used in the context of an urban elementary school serving students of color. Thirty-seven teachers completed an anonymous ten-minute survey developed in collaboration with school administration. Findings demonstrated that teachers who experienced music as a child or spent time listening to music as an adult were more likely to have positive beliefs about music and integrate it into their curriculum. Also, two teachers individually participated in interviews. One supported a music program without reservations, and the other was more skeptical about musical benefits and felt other subjects should be prioritized.

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