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Learner response to integrating music and visual arts into the second grade curriculum and classroom





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This research question addressed is, how do elementary teachers in a college preparatory school integrate music and visual arts into the second grade curriculum and what are the learners' responses to those teaching strategies? The impetus for this study was the author's own connections to music and visual arts, and the desire to provide memorable learning experiences for her students. Research focusing on brain development and learner responses to music and visual arts was used to support the discoveries and results of the study. Music and visual arts extensions were applied to all core subject areas including: English, social studies, math, and science. The author gauged learner response based on visual and auditory learning styles and effectiveness in engaging learners. The documented student response concludes that the integration of music and visual art enhance and heighten student engagement and creativity, as well as the sense of community within the classroom.

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