Addressing Individual Student's Musical Needs in a Multi-Age (Grades 3 to 4) Kodály Music Classroom Through Flexible Grouping Strategies: Three Case Studies
Dorinda F. Blotsky
The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of flexible grouping strategies in addressing individual student's musical needs in a multi-age Kodály music classroom. A qualitative study was conducted in order to document this process. My teaching position is both fortunate and unusual in that four 25 minute music classes are scheduled each week. Throughout the 9 weeks of this study, the students were taught in small-groups or individually once a week during music class. The other three days were spent in a whole-group setting where the teaching followed the grades 3 to 4 scope and sequence as presented in Eisen and Robertson (1996). Personal Learning Plans were created through a pre-interview between teacher and student from which strengths, weaknesses, and areas of interest for the student were identified. this information was used by the teacher when planning flexible musical groupings and activities.
Dr. Sheila J. Scott