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Exceptional Children Research: Multiculturalism & Music Therapy

Multiculturalism & Music Therapy


Schwantes, M. (2009).

Article Number: MMT1
Author: Schwantes, Melody
Title: The Use of Music Therapy with Children Who Speak English As a Second Language: An Exploratory Study
Reference: Music Therapy Perspectives 27:2 (2009) p.80-87
Abstract: A study is presented that provides case examples where music therapy was used with six Latino children who were learning English as a second language. Of the six children, four were kindergarten students who participated in half-hour group sessions using traditional Spanish language children's music, primarily from Mexico, which had been translated into English. The other two students were involved in twice-weekly music therapy sessions that utilized music from Western pop culture. The children's improvements showed that music therapy assisted in increasing vocabulary, receptive and expressive language skills, and sequencing.
Document type: Research and Analysis
Special Features: References, Tables
Broad subject: Music and Other Disciplines
Topics: Children; Languages; Learning; Statistical Analysis; Music Therapy
Publisher: American Music Therapy Association
ISSN: 0734-6875
ProQuest Document ID: 1372643
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Last updated: 2010-09-23
Database: International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text