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Publication Date

Fall 2013

Program Name

Samoa: Pacific Communities and Social Change

Abstract

This study explores the knowledge-base of teachers’ beliefs and practices of music integration in Samoan primary schools, as well as the potential benefits it provides for young developing minds. Current Samoan teachers’ perceptions of the benefits of music are analyzed in light of data proving these benefits in Primary Education. Children gain only as much as teachers incorporate. Social benefits include a more positive learning environment, improved attention and attitude, as well as inspiration and motivation, along with academic benefits of increased verbal memory, abstract reasoning and reading development. Data was collected through a series of interviews, surveying, observation and documentation in seven schools in Samoa. The views of 44 teachers and 7 Head Teachers were analyzed. It was found that integration is common but not frequent. Teachers recognize music provides many academic and social benefits to their students, mirroring many of the studies cited. Incorporating new teaching practices and integrating more music offers obvious benefit and a simple way to engage more students, improve classroom morale and the overall attitude toward learning

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Elementary Education and Teaching | Music | Music Education

 

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