Existing research suggests that teacher beliefs are powerful factors in teachers’ thoughts and actions and that connections may exist between elementary general music teachers’ beliefs about musical ability, assessment, and the purpose of elementary general music. Therefore, the purpose of this survey study was to examine relationships among and between elementary general music teachers’ beliefs pertaining to musical ability, assessment, and the purpose of elementary general music. Elementary general music teachers in Michigan (N = 156) completed an online survey consisting of Likert-type items pertaining to beliefs about musical ability, assessment, and the purpose of elementary general music. Analysis revealed a number of correlations between and among these beliefs. Implications include the need for further research on music educators’ beliefs and their connection to teaching practice as well as the need for educators to reflect on their own beliefs.
Shouldice, Heather N.
"An Exploratory Study of the Relationships Between Teachers’ Beliefs About Musical Ability, Assessment, and the Purpose of Elementary General Music,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 39, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lib.uconn.edu/vrme/vol39/iss1/6