Date of Graduation

Fall 2015

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Daniel Hellman

Keywords

music, music education, puppets, creative play, learning

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the use of puppetry in the elementary music classroom and its potential as a teaching tool. Determining its value will help music educators in making the decision to apply puppetry to music learning in informed ways. The most common benefits claimed by educators and therapists are the increase in attention and engagement, creativity, and critical thinking. Literature also suggests that puppetry incorporates differing learning styles, assists students with recall of concepts, and is useful for classroom management. This study examined the teaching methods of two elementary music teachers who incorporate puppetry into their curriculum and concluded that the use of puppetry in the elementary music classroom by music educators supported enjoyment, engagement, and learning.

Copyright

© Elisabeth R. Schoenecke

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