Orla McEvoy, Musical routines: promoting positive behaviour, a sense of time and motivation for learning in an infant classroom (MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 2017)

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 Author:  McEvoy, Orla 
 Title:  Musical routines: promoting positive behaviour, a sense of time and motivation for learning in an infant classroom 
 Degree, institution:  MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick 
 Status, year:  accepted, 2017 
 Volumes, pp.:  1 (122p.) 
 Supervisor(s):  Gwen Moore 
 Repository:  Mary Immaculate College Library 
 General specialism:  Music Education 
 Content, key terms:  Concepts:
classroom management, music psychology
 Abstract: 

To date there has been little research undertaken which investigates the practice of using music in the classroom as a classroom management strategy. This research study seeks to address the gap between practice and literature regarding the use of music and songs as a classroom management strategy in the infant classroom. It seeks to examine the effect of Musical Routines on children's behaviour, sense of time and motivation for learning. An action research study was carried out in the researcher's senior infant class (N=20) in a rural Irish primary school. This 8 week long study involved the researcher acting as participant observer while the children sang at various times throughout the school day in order to establish routine, aid with transitions, minimise off-task time and to develop an aural two minute countdown system. Analysis revealed that Musical Routines had a positive effect on the children's behaviour, sense of time, motivation for learning and overall happiness in school. Implications for the implementation of Musical Routines in the classroom are discussed and some recommendations are made. Implications for the teaching and learning of songs (children's song acquisition) are also discussed here with opportunities for further studies suggested.