|Abstract||Final Project Advisor|
The purpose of this project was to provide elementary music teachers with specific, practical examples and strategies to build a bridge of mutual respect with families to optimize the musical learning and growth for students. The first section demonstrates the need for connecting the elementary music classroom and home environment as displayed in previous research and articles. The second section provides communication techniques, classroom activities, and performance ideas to engage families in the K-5 elementary music setting. It is hoped that this paper will improve my personal work as an educator and help others in a similar setting gain insight and ideas for developing and maintaining reciprocal relationships with students’ home environments.