School of Music
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)
Thomas P. Goddard
music education, African American students, cultural identity barriers
Pleasanton, Tyreese L., "The Significance of Teaching Music to Urban African-American Underprivileged Students" (2023). Masters Theses. 1010.
This study delves into the significance of providing music education to African American students living in urban areas. By utilizing differentiated instructional techniques and reflective questioning, this study advocates for academic excellence and societal growth in music. The inquiry highlights the undeniable correlation between music education, cultural identity, and student prosperity. Thus, underscoring the critical importance of music for low-income students. Band directors can effectively support academic and musical success through diverse teaching approaches, such as method books and collaborative opportunities. The investigation carefully evaluated key factors, including the participants’ socioeconomic status, music development, and academic accomplishments. The research emphasized the significance of music education in advancing societal progress. Extensive research has revealed that cultural identity barriers can hinder students’ success. This insight is essential for shaping educational policies and practices. Music has the power of fostering diversity, empathy, and cross-cultural understanding, leading to a more equitable and inclusive society.