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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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3 Presentation of the Findings


3Presentation of the Findings

The findings of the study will be discussed under the following headings:

•Music Education

•Bilingual Language Acquisition

•Benefits of Music Education for Bilingual Language Acquisition

The themes, which emerged from the data, are demonstrated in the Fig. 4.

Fig. 4:Presentation of the Findings.

3.1Research Question #1: What are the Turkish immigrant parents’ beliefs and practices regarding music education?

Four themes emerged from the data regarding the research question #1. The Fig. 5 shows how themes and subthemes are organized.

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