Song for the planet : educator perceptions of an environmental school music program
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SubjectEnvironmental education; Music in education; Education, Elementary; Arntzen, Holly; Artist Response (Program); British Columbia; Interviews (Research methodology)
This study examines educators’ perceptions of the environmental impact of Holly Ar[n]tzen’s Artist Response musicians’ program for schools. In this case study, Ar[n]tzen and five educators were interviewed about their perceptions of the program’s impact on students at five B.C. elementary schools. The researcher’s “observational narratives” also convey experiential examples of the program in action. Educators perceive that the program provides students and their families with a memorable, nature-focused musical experience that also enhances their understanding of, and concern for, the environment. Based on the six participants’ interviews, the researcher argues that programs like this offer role models for children, enhance community, provide opportunities for crosscurricular learning, and involve multiple intelligences. The study concludes that, despite obstacles, the program engages emotions, raises awareness that enhances students’ decision-making skills, and influences the adults in their lives. Participants also perceived the need for a formal environmental curriculum to be integrated into elementary schools.
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