Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

First Advisor

Jerusha Beckerman

Second Advisor

Emily Cullen-Dunn


This paper is an exploration into the benefits that incorporating music into various aspects of the classroom can bring students. Music has been a part of life and culture since the first civilizations. Each generation, the traditions, and practices are passed down to the next. Over time, music and the way we teach it have transformed. The importance that society places on music has also evolved. However, the benefits that music brings have not. Research has shown that the brain reacts to music and stimulates learning. There are several developmental and psychological impacts that music can have on the mind. Bringing that knowledge to teaching and implementing music into classrooms can immensely benefit students in a myriad of ways. There are many different ways to incorporate music into classrooms, from playing background music to creating immersive experiences. Some of the different uses for music in classrooms can be as an assistive tool, a tool for memorization, or a therapeutic tool. Music can also assist students with special needs and students, who are learning another language. Music can be used to build culturally responsive classrooms and build classroom community. The multifarious ways that music can be used to benefit students are all methods that I plan to use in my future classroom.