Capstone/Dissertation Title

Combining Koda_ly and Orff to create a first grade music curriculum

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is, how can one combine Koda_ly and Orff methods to create an effective first grade music curriculum? It documents one teacher's creation and implementation of a new first grade music curriculum that utilizes techniques from the Koda_ly and Orff teaching methods. Key influences included student teaching mentors, music education professors, colleagues, and authors such as Choksy, Frazee, Houlahan and Tacka, and Steen. In order to answer the question, the author created a new curriculum based on the ideas of Koda_ly and Orff, implemented the curriculum in all first grade classrooms for one school year, and observed how the different strategies and techniques impacted the students' learning. The author's study resulted in increased student learning and motivation.

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