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American Teachers - M.Ed. Inquiry Project Survey for Edmond Gubbins

Start of Block: General Information

Dear Teachers:

I am an international student from Ireland, completing my M.Ed. in Applied Studies in Teaching & Learning at West Chester University. As a capstone project, I am exploring music teacher

preparation in the U.S. and in Ireland.

I am requesting your participation in my inquiry though

your voluntary completion of the survey linked below.

Through my inquiry, I intend to gather insights into U.S. teachers' musical background and experience, their pre-service teacher training and also their current teaching of music to students in grades K-6. A similar survey is being completed by Irish primary school teachers (Pre-K to 6th Grade) who are required to integrate music in their daily teaching. It is hoped that the data gathered will reveal insights into best practices as part of an inquiry into music education and variations in teacher preparation to teach music, through understanding international practices.

Your participation in this survey is gratefully appreciated. Participation is voluntary- you are free to quit the survey at any time or to complete only questions you select. There is no compensation for participation and no anticipated risk from your completion of the survey below. Data collected are anonymous.

By taking part in the survey, you agree that you have read and understand the above and that you are giving consent for your responses to be used, anonymously, for the purposes of this inquiry project. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

If you have questions, please contact me at EG900653@wcupa.edu. Sincerely,

Edmond Gubbins, M.Ed. Student, West Chester University of PA

Q1 Please indicate your gender:

o Male

(1)

o Female (2)

o Other (3)

o Prefer not to say (4)

Q2 How many years have you been teaching?

o 0-3

(1)

o 4-7

(2)

o 8-15

(3)

o 16-23

(4)

o 24-30

(5)

o 31+

(6)

Q3 What class(es)/ grade(s) do you teach? (select all that apply)

Pre-Kindergarten (1)

Kindergarten (2)

1st Grade (3)

2nd Grade (4)

3rd Grade (5)

4th Grade

(6)

5th Grade

(7)

6th Grade

(8)

Special Education Teacher (9)

Other (please specify) (10) ________________________________________________

End of Block: General Information

Start of Block: Part 1 - Musical Experience and Background

Q1 Do you, or have you engaged in any of these musical activities in the past? (select all that apply) If possible, indicate for how long.

 

In the past (no longer engage in):

Partake in currently:

More information:

 

Select all that apply:

Select all that apply:

 

(1)

(1)

Answer (1)

Play a musical instrument (if possible, list instrument(s) ) (1)

 

Take music classes (singing/instrumental)

 

(2)

Song writing (3)

 

Play an instrument with others (4)

 

Play an instrument alone (5)

 

Taken a music class in middle/high school

 

(6)

Other musical activity (please specify) (7)

 

End of Block: Part 1 - Musical Experience and Background

Start of Block: Part 2 - Initial Teacher Music Education/ Pre-Service Teacher Training

Q1 How was your music education training delivered during your initial teacher education/pre- service training?

o Music education as a standalone class (1)

o Music education integrated with other creative arts subjects (e.g. visual art, drama, dance, etc.) (2)

o Other (please specify) (3) ________________________________________________

Q2 What form did this training take? (select all that apply)

Large group (50 or more) lectures (1)

Small group (30 or fewer) workshops (2)

Practical music experience elements (e.g. music making, instrument playing, song singing) (3)

Theoretical music experience elements (e.g. music theory/literacy, history of music) (4)

Pedagogy of music elements (e.g. classroom methodologies, age-appropriate practice)

(5)

Other (please explain) (6) ________________________________________________

Q3 During your initial teacher education/ pre-service teacher training, were you explicitly made aware of the relevant curricula for music education within your teaching context?

o Yes

(1)

o No

(2)

Q4 What was/were the most beneficial thing/s that your initial teacher education/pre-service teacher training in music education provided you with in your teaching career?

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End of Block: Part 2 - Initial Teacher Music Education/ Pre-Service Teacher Training

Start of Block: Part 3 - Music Education in the Classroom

Q1 Using a 5-point scale with 0 being least comfortable and 5 being most comfortable, rate your comfort level for each of the following activities:

 

0 (1)

1 (2)

2 (3)

3 (4)

4 (5)

Singing a song with children (1)

o

o

o

o

o

Teaching a music listening lesson (2)

o

o

o

o

o

Teaching a lesson on music notation/ music literacy (3)

o

o

o

o

o

Playing singing

 

games with

o

o

o

o

o

children (4)

Using and explaining musical terminology (e.g. pitch, timbre, dynamics, etc.) (5)

o

o

o

o

o

Teaching a movement lesson with children using music (6)

o

o

o

o

o

Using music to supplement another subject (7)

o

o

o

o

o

Selecting appropriate songs

 

(8)

o

o

o

o

o

Getting children to compose a short piece of music using instruments

o

o

o

o

o

(9)

 

Getting children to compose a song

(10)

o

o

o

o

o

Facilitating children in performing a piece of music (11)

o

o

o

o

o

Leading/conducting a choir (12)

o

o

o

o

o

Playing an instrument during a music lesson (13)

o

o

o

o

o

Including children with special educational needs in a music lesson

o

o

o

o

o

(14)

 

Differentiating for a variety of learners during a music lesson (15)

o

o

o

o

o

 
 
 

Q2 How comfortable are you at implementing the following strands of music education? Neither

Extremely

Somewhat

comfortable

Somewhat

Extremely

uncomfortable

uncomfortable

nor

comfortable

comfortable

 

(1)

(2)

uncomfortable

(4)

(5)

 

(3)

Listening

 

and

Responding

 

o

o

o

o

o

(8)

 

Composing

(9)

 

o

o

o

o

o

Performing

 

(10)

 

o

o

o

o

o

Playing an instrument during a music lesson (13) o o o o o Including children with

Q3 As a rough percentage, how much time do you devote to each of the strands of the music curriculum in a typical school week? (drag the sliders to indicate the percentage)

Listening and Responding (1) Composing (2) Performing (3)

Q4 Are you involved, or have you been involved in any of the following typical school music activities? (select all that apply and provide number of times, etc. in the box)

Leading/conducting a choir (1) ________________________________________________

Facilitating/rehearsing/organising a school show (2) ________________________________________________

Creating/facilitating a music project (3) ________________________________________________

Facilitating school band/orchestra (4) ________________________________________________

Other (please specify) (5) ________________________________________________

Q5 How do you rate your ability to effectively implement the music curriculum in comparison to other teachers? (drag the slider)

Far

Moderately Slightly Average Slightly Moderately

Far

below

below

below

 

above

 

above

above

average

average

average

average

average

average

 

0

10

20

30

40

50

60

70

80

90

100

Your ability (1)

 
Your ability (1)
 

Other teachers (2)

 
Other teachers (2)
 

Q6 What areas of the curriculum, if any, do you integrate music education with? (select all that apply)

English (1)

Irish (2)

Mathematics (3)

History (4)

Geography (5)

Science (6)

Visual Art (7)

Drama (8)

Social, Personal and Health Education (9)

Physical Education (10)

Religious Education (11)

Other (please specify) (12) ________________________________________________

Q7 In your current teaching situation, does your school have access to music teaching resources?

o Yes

(1)

o No

(2)

Skip To: End of Block If In your current teaching situation, does your school have access to music teaching resources? = No

Q8 What resources are available? (select all that apply)

instrument bank/collection (1)

digital music resources (2)

classroom textbooks (3)

C.D./music collection (4)

instrument rental scheme through the school (5)

visiting music teachers/specialists (6)

trips to musical concerts/shows (7)

Other (please specify) (8) ________________________________________________

End of Block: Part 3 - Music Education in the Classroom

Start of Block: Part 4 - Visions for Music Education

Q1 What areas of music curriculum do you think you are relatively strong in implementing?

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Q2 Are there any areas of the music curriculum you feel that you could improve on implementing?

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Q3 What do you feel you would need to improve/strengthen your teaching of music in the classroom? (e.g. resources, specific training, etc.)

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Q4 What do you think are some of the biggest challenges in implementing the music curriculum to students?

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Q5 If you did not have any limitations on how to structure a music curriculum, what would music education look like in your classroom?

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End of Block: Part 4 - Visions for Music Education