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Degree Name

Bachelor of Education (Honours) BEd (Hons)





First Advisor

Cedric Greive


130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori), 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy


This study examines the case in which music was effectively employed in the learning and management of 20 students in a Seventh-day Adventist kindergarten classroom. Data was gathered by direct observation of classroom interactions, interviews with the teacher and with a composer of children's music, and through the use of a questionnaire to parents. This study found that the use of music in the classroom stemmed from the teacher's philosophy. It also significantly contributed to the achievement of the goals of Seventh-day Adventist education. A variety of music was used in the classroom for enhancing religious education (through worship, chapel and Bible classes), and for the facilitation of learning (particularly in phonics and mathematics) and classroom management (directing students and setting class tone). In her interview, the teacher stated that she believed that music created an environment conducive to the learning and development of her kindergarten students. It was noted that the behaviour management in the classroom was conducted in a positive manner. The questionnaires revealed that parents believed the music employed in the classroom was beneficial and that songs learned at school were sung at home and taught to siblings and friends. The significance of this study lay particularly in the suggestions it created for further study.


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