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Tuesday, April 13 • 9:25am - 10:40am
A Classroom in Perfect Harmony: The Educator’s Role in Promoting Student Wellbeing in the Vocal Music Classroom

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The need to create a positive learning environment is critical in all classrooms. Research studies demonstrate that singing in the presence of others is a vulnerable thing to do, thus the importance of creating a safe and encouraging learning environment in the choral classroom is crucial. While wellbeing in the classroom is a widely discussed topic among researchers, educators, and administrators, little has been connected to Edward Deci’s self-determination theory, a macro theory of human motivation and personality that concerns people's inherent growth tendencies and innate psychological needs. This project examines how educators can promote student wellbeing by addressing these three psychological needs, autonomy, competence, and relatedness, in their classroom environment, classroom management, and teaching strategies. Oral history interviews gave vocal music educators the opportunity to reflect on how they contribute to a learning environment that promotes student wellbeing. The implications of these interviews stress the importance for vocal music educators to develop students’ self-confidence, motivation, and connection to others to best promote student wellbeing.

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Elise Eggleston

Music (BSE)


Tuesday April 13, 2021 9:25am - 10:40am EDT
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