Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Frances Hancock

Second Reader

Janice Esau


early childhood education, music curriculum


Music is age-appropriate, natural, and essential for the overall growth and development of all young children in the inclusive classroom. Importantly, the notable work of researchers Dr. F. Rauscher and Dr. G. Shaw conducted in 1993, known as the Mozart Effect, along with the advancements of modem medical technology, served as an impetus for a multitude of research to support the claim that music is beneficial to the cognitive, physical social, and emotional development of young children. Therefore, it is paramount that early childhood teachers increase their personal musical proficiency and competency through comprehensive quality music training opportunities to provide increased educational musical learning activities integrated throughout the EC curriculum for the betterment of every young learner.


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