Teacher’s Confidence in Teaching Music Education in Primary Schools.
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Teacher’s confidence in teaching music in the primary school has been researched for many years. Yet over the past years teacher’s confidence has become more of an issue because it seemed as though they believed that music could only be taught by those who acquired a high standard of musical abilities. This belief was becoming detrimental to the teaching of music. The objective of this study was to see whether there was a correlation between teacher’s confidence in teaching music and teacher’s musical ability; and also to compare whether their confidence was linked to the training and support they had received to teach music. The research consisted of 3 interviews and 15 questionnaires from teachers in various primary schools in South Wales and one University. The main findings of the study were that overall there is a lack of confidence in primary school teachers in teaching music. There is a correlation between the musical ability of teachers and their level of confidence, as the research showed that the higher the musical ability a teacher has, the higher their confidence levels are in teaching music. It was suggested that perhaps teachers have a lack of confidence in teaching music because they have a lack of training not because they do not have the right musical abilities, therefore there is also some correlation between the confidence levels of the teacher and the amount of training and support a teacher has received. The study concluded that although the research showed that there was an overall lack of confidence within teachers in the primary school and that there were correlations between their ability and teacher training, there could be more research in more specific topics of teacher training or the support teachers receive in the classroom to gain more reliable results.
BA (Hons) Educational Studies and Early Childhood Studies
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