What is it about?

We investigated the impacts of movement-based music programs on schoolchildren's development of music-related and non-musical abilities in a classroom setting. Although children demonstrated improvements in all areas examined, the different movement programs did not show distinct effects.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that over this one-and-a-half-year period, music learning in the classroom context led to limited development in musical and non-musical abilities. Additionally, the different implementations of body movement in the music programs supported similar improvements in these areas. However, music learning might have benefited skills that had not been examined, such as social and emotional skills.


I hope this article will raise the interest of educators in implementing various body movement elements into community-based music education, making singing and music more enjoyable and socially rewarding activities for children.

Borbála Lukács
Eötvös Loránd University

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This page is a summary of: Movement-based music in the classroom: Investigating the effects of music programs incorporating body movement in primary school children., Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, June 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/aca0000496.
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