Edited By Kevin Norley, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Hasan Arslan
An Evaluation of the Elementary School Teachers’ Music Education Program
Abstract Education has a practice-based structure. Therefore, it is important to investigate problems experienced in school education which are part of this system and to obtain opinions of teachers about these problems. A teacher is a guide who enables students to accumulate information. One way of reaching information is through books. Contemporary education approaches have a more complex view on teacher’s competency to learn and teach. The ability of a teacher to make an objective assessment is correlated with the teacher’s capacity of developing an innovative, inquiring, and creative personality that enables him or her to evolve through the processes of perception and evaluation and through the preparedness for and feedback about events encountered throughout his or her past educational life. In this sense, the contribution of the music course to the development of personality should be taken into account.
For something once learnt to become permanent knowledge, it is necessary for information to be repeated frequently and transformed into behaviour. Information that is not transformed into behaviour cannot be stored in the mind for long. Thanks to the music course, information is repeated though songs and, this way, it is held in mind for a much longer time.
Music course contributes to language development and also to social, psycho-motor, and intellectual development of children from early childhood education and onward. The most important material source available for schools in order to carry out the teaching process is the textbook. The content of all...
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