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Bilingualism and Music Education

A Turkish-German Perspective

Sezgin Inceel

Research indicates that parents play an essential role in their children’s musical and language development. Moreover, neurocognitive studies point to the similarities between music and language processing. Based on the previous literature, the present study focuses on the Turkish immigrant parents’ beliefs and practices regarding bilingualism and music education. Interviews, observations and questionnaires are applied to generate qualitative data. Findings indicate that the participants’ positive beliefs are influenced by distal factors, such as cultural features, their own backgrounds, and socio-demographical characteristics. However, the lack of their theoretical knowledge regarding the subjects seems to have a negative impact on these beliefs.

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First and foremost, I would like to thank my supervisor Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Mastnak for believing in me and supporting my ideas from the very beginning on. He did not only guide me throughout the process, but he also inspired me with his warm personality. I learned so much from him, for which I will always be grateful. I am also thankful to all the staff members at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and Allgemeine Pädagogik und Bildungsforschung Department at Ludwig Maximillian University. In particular, the classes, which I took from Prof. Dr. Adina Mornell and Dr. Markus Fath, as well as our regular Ph.D. colloquiums influenced me profoundly. Furthermore, I must thank all of my previous teachers and students for helping me to shape who I am today.

This study would not have been completed without the participants. They opened both their doors and hearts to me, and they answered my questions without any hesitations. I cannot stress enough how grateful I am for their commitment.

Different chapters of the study were proofread by Diane Nicholl, İlker Hepkaner and Isabelle Fahy. Diane Nicholl did the second proofreading for the book. The German abstract was edited by Manfred Gassner. Last but not least, Prof. Dr. Andrea Sangiorgio did all the polishing work by editing it before the thesis became a book. I must express my gratitude to all of them. I sincerely appreciate their work.


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