Multicultural Instruction in the Beginner's Violin Classroom
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This project is an analysis of multicultural instruction when incorporated into a beginner’s violin class of 15+ 4th and 5th grade students, meeting on a weekly basis. The study was divided into two units consisting of three lessons each for a total of six lessons. Unit one consisted of lessons covering proper instrument care and rehearsal procedure, parts of the violin, and technique. Unit two consisted of lessons covering open string notes, notes on the D string, and notes on the A string. After teaching each lesson and doing research on multicultural instruction, I wrote a journal describing strengths and areas for improvement of the lesson and specific ways I would make it a more multicultural experience and relevant for students. In conclusion, given the demographics and needs of the students in my class, my focus on multicultural awareness and instruction centered on diverse family systems rather than race however, I still found the need to expose students to diverse examples of music and ways in which their instrument is used around the world.