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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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Appendix A: Interview Protocol

General Questions about the Participant:

1.Can you tell me about yourself?

2.Would you consider going back to Turkey? Why?

3.Can you describe your childhood? What kind of environment did you grow up with?

4.How did your experiences whilst growing up influence you today?

5.If s/he knows German: How and where did you learn German? Can you describe your German-learning process?

If s/he grew up as bilingual: What was it like to grow up bilingual for you?

If s/he does not know German: Would you consider learning German?

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