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Music Education in Montessori Schools: An Exploratory Study of School Directors’ Perceptions in the United States

Available from: SAGE Journals

Publication: International Journal of Music Education, vol. 35, no. 2

Pages: 227-238

Americas, North America, Perceptions, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: This exploratory study examined the changing role of music education and the availability of musical experiences for students attending Montessori schools in the Midwestern United States. On a survey instrument designed by the researcher, Montessori school directors (N = 36) from eight states shared descriptions of the current role of music at their schools, the challenges faced when teaching music, individual perceptions of the impact of music on development, and beliefs about music as a valuable component of the curriculum. Data included responses to Likert-scale items and open-ended questions in an online survey. Analyses revealed that while school directors believed music could be used to engage students in learning or to build upon issues of multicultural understanding, opportunities for musical engagement were limited as a result of stringent budget cuts or time restrictions in the classroom. Implications are discussed in terms of including music in the Montessori classroom in ways that align with Maria Montessori’s pedagogies situated within an international context.

Language: English

DOI: 10.1177/0255761416659508

ISSN: 0255-7614, 1744-795X

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Changing Faces of Reform: Proceedings, Eighteenth Annual Rural and Small Schools Conference (October 27-28, 1996) [Manhattan, Kansas]

Available from: ERIC

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Abstract/Notes: This proceedings contains abstracts of 21 presentations. Titles and presenters are: "Teaching and Learning in Multiage Classrooms" (Laura Blevins and others); "Leadership, School Reform and the Rural School Superintendent" (Mike Boone); "Teaching English as a Second Language from Theory to Practice" (Mingsheng Dai); "A Guide for Central Office Leaders for Implementing Systemic Continuous Improvement" (Kathy Dale, Alfred P. Wilson); "The Greening of a School District" (Kathy Dale, Alfred P. Wilson); "Character Construction Crew" (Bob Goodwin and others); "What the 'Arts in Education' Program Can Do for Your School: The Case of Wayne Wildcat" (Jim Hillesheim, Eric Hayashi, Wayne Wildcat); "After School Achievement" (Scott Hills); "Stakeholders' Evaluation of Rural/Small Schools" (Jerry G. Horn); "Preparing for the Changing Workplace: Helping Students Learn To Manage Their Careers" (Kenneth F. Hughey); "Communicating on the Web: Designing Pages for Visual Clarity" (Nancy Nelson Knupfer and others); "Harnessing the Internet: Applying Its Power to Rural Schools" (Nancy Nelson Knupfer); "Creating Cross-Platform Multimedia: Potentials and Pitfalls" (Judy E. Mahoney, William J. Rust); "The Increase of Anti-Social Behavior and Its Effect on Rural Classrooms" (Marjorie B. Pace, J. E. Potterfield); "Ethnic Groups, Diversity and Multicultural Understanding" (Richard Rangel); "Preparing Rural School Administrators" (Jan Reynolds); "Ethical Considerations of Internet Access" (Tweed W. Ross); "Alternate Education in Rural Communities" (Kerry Sachetta, David Rockers);"Developing Responsible Students: A Team Approach" (Frank Shaughnessy); "Population Change and Its Effect on Rural and Small Schools" (G. Kent Stewart); and "Process Skills in Secondary Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum" (Sally J. Yahnke). Presenters' institutional affiliations are included. (SV)

Language: English

Published: [S.I.]: [s.n.], Oct 1996

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2017 Living Legacy: Alice Renton

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 28, no. 2

Pages: 15

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Abstract/Notes: Donations to the AMS Living Legacy Scholarship Fund support future teachers in AMS teacher education programs.Since the inception of the award in 1993, AMS has awarded more than $550,000 to 300 aspiring teachers, to help fund their studies.After moving to Colorado, with her family, in 1977, Alice became a specialist in bilingual/multicultural approaches to Montessori education, developing and consulting with a variety of cross-cultural programs, including Head Start, migrant education programs in California, and dual-language Montessori programs.In addition to developing curricula, she has published a number of articles in the NAMTA Journal and Public School Montessorian and has translated books by Aline Wolf and Celma Perry into Spanish.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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Five Questions for Alice Renton

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 28, no. 3

Pages: 20-21

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Abstract/Notes: Later on, in the U.S., American parents would say things like, "If you don't give grades, how do you know if they're learning?" "If there's no competition, how will they succeed in a competitive society?" or "Well, this is okay for little children, but what happens when they get to real school?" As Montessorians continue to focus on the authentic needs of the whole child, we are still bucking contemporary culture: allowing children to do things at their own pace and according to their sensitive periods, rather than on a rapid, adult- i mposed timetable; emphasizing normalization or self-direction through freely chosen work done with the hands and involving a child's whole personality; providing peaceful, collaborative spaces where children can develop respect for self, others, and the environment; and encouraging outdoor time and avoiding overuse of computers and electronic devices. Often, children will naturally absorb second language vocabulary from hearing it around them; (3) A separate line time for each language, using songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement activities such as TPR (total physical response), and Grace and Courtesy lessons; (4) Using the elements of a multicultural focus inherent in the Montessori environment, make experiences with the geography, science, and history materials, including music, dance, food, arts, and celebrations of specific cultures-especially those to which the children belong-a natural part of classroom life. At the Elementary level in the public schools, other obstacles might be the pressure of high-stakes testing, the emphasis on technology as a teaching device, and the need to align the teaching of certain subjects with the current public school curriculum.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

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Promoting World Citizenship: A Crucial Area of Study

Available from: ERIC

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 40, no. 2

Pages: 139-148

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Abstract/Notes: This article probes the vicissitudes of racism and how the multicultural perspectives of a Montessori preschool environment can prevent prejudices. Barbara Hacker is whole-heartedly committed to human unity transcending color differences. Racism is incompatible with a Montessori classroom that shares different holidays and cultures, builds social cohesion, and creates a safe and tolerant place.

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

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