Document Type


Session Format

Graduate Research Poster (pre-recorded oral presentation | virtual)



Publication Date


Faculty Advisor

Dr. Tina Holmes- Davis

Start Date

27-3-2024 10:00 AM

End Date

27-3-2024 10:50 AM


In this presentation and on the poster, you will learn the strategies that elementary music teachers can use to help keep students involved in music classes in secondary schools. It can be challenging to retain students when a class is an elective. Melanie Silvernail, a graduate student at Georgia College & State University, who is also an elementary music teacher with ten years of experience, has found implementations working in her classroom community. Creating engaging classes, fostering intrinsic motivation, keeping parents informed about the importance of music, and connecting different musical communities are some ways that have been found to combat some of the reasons students stop their music education journey. A teacher's impact lasts long after the student has left the classroom, and music teachers are no exception.



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