School of Music


Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)


Mindy Damon


Biblical Development, music education, praxial music, music and spiritual development, early childhood biblical learning




Music has been deemed important since biblical times for both worship and music education and has made its mark in history from ancient philosophers to modern educators. Its value is determined according to individual experiences, be they aesthetic or praxial, for the purposes of entertainment, education, or worship. Music offers a connection to God granting a deepened sense of purpose in fulfillment of our call to worship. Music is valued because it leads to the development of ethical values through active participation and reflection. Music education and spiritual development are mutually beneficial as they develop students toward a greater spiritual understanding of biblical practices, and music scholars endorse the ethical benefits of music education for all children through praxial and aesthetic philosophies. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) advocates for music education for all children through classroom teaching and recognizes music education's identified benefits. Furthermore, frequent examples in the Bible and scholarly texts denote the historical connection of music education and spirituality. This qualitative study seeks to examine how Christian curricula and resources are developing PreK—5th grade children in the church both musically and spiritually, and seeks to showcase the need for music education to be considered as an essential component of the church experience.

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