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Shifts in regular music programming : engaging grade 3 boys in the singing process
Spraggs, Melissa Gail Remus
Brandon University, School of Music
vi, 254 pages : illustrations
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-189).
"In partial fulfillment for the degree of Master of Music (Education), Brandon University"
The purpose of this teacher action research study was to explore how regular music programming in rural South-Central Manitoba could be designed to foster engagement in singing in grade 3 boys. Participants included ten grade 3 boys in two mixed-gender classes of Grade 3 General Music and one mixed gender class of Grade 2/3 General Music. Data sources included two initial surveys, feedback loop sessions, researcher journaling, and peer interviews. Findings indicated the following effective interventions for engaging grade 3 boys in singing: including students in the repertoire selection process, incorporating student interests into the selection of musical repertoire, accompanying songs on the guitar, drums, and piano, and incorporating male role models into the teaching of singing. Other effective interventions included: selecting songs with a strong beat and rhythmic interest, incorporating movement, incorporating singing games, providing opportunities for student creativity, incorporating humour, incorporating current music, choosing songs with appealing texts, and providing opportunities for rhythmic speech. Selecting repertoire that was challenging, but not too challenging, was also found to be an effective intervention. Keywords: Grade 3, boys, singing, engagement, general music
Music--Instruction and study--ManitobaBoys--Education (Elementary)--Manitoba
Brandon University.School of Music