Music in the Teaching and Learning of English

By María Amaya Epelde, Julia Bernal, Miguel Angel Gallardo-Vigil and África Rodríguez.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Music, including song, represents a language of sounds, rhythms, feelings and emotions, which can be easily integrated with other academic areas, making it an important resource for acquiring new knowledge. This means that subjects like English could benefit from the advantages of music, and vice versa. Therefore, collaborative work between music teachers and English teachers is very important.

In our project we studied the collaborative work between teachers of music and English, with the principle objective of developing high quality musical and English skills, in order to favour both subject areas and affect the education of the students.

A survey was carried out by means of a questionnaire. The principle aim was to ascertain what the teachers of both subjects do in their classrooms. The survey was also used to establish whether music teachers use English correctly and whether English teachers use music correctly.

The information obtained tells us that collaborative work between professionals in both fields can result in much more satisfactory outcomes. Such collaborations could improve educational quality and consequently facilitate learning. Therefore, we conclude that there is a need for a second phase of this project, which will be carried out during the next academic term, with the design and implementation of a programme of intervention in which professionals in both areas will work collaboratively. There will be two groups (an experimental group and a control group) and two tests. One pre-test and one post-test will be given to both groups to verify whether there are significant differences between the pupils of the groups in each subject. The test will also help to determine whether the intervention was successful or not. It will be implemented in several primary and secondary schools in Granada, Ceuta and Melilla.

Keywords: Music, English, Musical Education, Academic Project

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 11, pp.143-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 858.021KB).

Dr. María Amaya Epelde

Professor, Department of Didactic of Music, University of Granada, Melilla, Spain

During my academic years, I studied at the Conservatory of Madrid, the Conservatory of Saint Petersburg in Russia, Mannes College of Music of New York, and at the University of Granada. I won several prizes like the Accompanying Award at Mannes College. My academic titles are superior professor of music, master of music, and European doctor from the University of Granada. I have been working in the University of Granada since 1999. I have several articles published in different and important journals.

Julia Bernal

University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Dr. Miguel Angel Gallardo-Vigil

Melilla, Spain

África Rodríguez

Professor, Department of Didactic of Music, University of Granada, Ceuta, Spain


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