Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Second Advisor

Edward A. Roth

Third Advisor

Delores R. Gauthier

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study explored the current practices of early childhood educators' utilization and perception about music in their classrooms. Early childhood educators are defined as individuals who have completed post-secondary training at an accredited college or university in early childhood education and are registered with the ECEBC Registry. Early childhood centers are defined as either preschools or licensed group child care centers. An online survey was been designed to obtain information regarding demographics and characteristics of early childhood centers in British Columbia, relevant musical and educational training, comfort level of the early childhood educator leading group music activities, implementation of the role of music in the classroom, purposes for including music at early childhood centers and information related to early childhood educators' perceptions about the effectiveness of music to teach non-musical concepts. Synthesis and thematic analysis of these results are presented with discussion related to the implications for further research and education.

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