Capstone/Dissertation Title

Implementing reading strategies in a kindergarten general music classroom

Term

2013

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, what reading strategies can be authentically utilized in a general music class setting, and what affect will these purposefully instructed strategies have on students' literacy achievement? This project was the pairing of the writer's primary passion and training in music with subsequent training and parallels found in literacy. Analogous teaching strategies were identified through a review of literature, and five were chosen for implementation in the music classroom: 1) displaying text 2) rhyming activities 3) corresponding read-alouds 4) writing and prewriting activities 5) utilizing cross-context language. Analysis of data informed the author's conclusion that high engagement and interdisciplinary connections between music and reading facilitated enhanced literacy achievement by kindergarteners.

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