Date of Conferral



Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Timothy Lafferty


International Baccalaureate (IB) schools are focused on a school-wide approach to developing inquiring students who are motivated to succeed. The problem explored in this case study was based on a local IB elementary school's response to a reform model to integrate music into other content areas. The curriculum lacked an interdisciplinary approach to music education even though teachers had participated in some professional development (PD) to help them integrate music into content areas. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of elementary teachers regarding the influence of professional development on music integration at the IB elementary school. Maslow's theory of human motivation was the conceptual framework. The research questions focused on participants' perceptions of music integration, curriculum, and PD. A case study design was used to capture the perceptions of 10 Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher participants through a questionnaire, individual interviews, and a focus group. Emergent themes were identified from the data, and findings were validated through triangulation and member checking. The key results were that teachers' desire to implement music integration increased after PD and they recognized the benefits of fostering the whole child and encouraging creative thinkers associated with using music integration as an instructional practice. A PD project that included customized curriculum content was developed to assist teachers with the integration of music to enhance school curriculum. Positive social change might be realized as teachers become more prepared, confident, and consistent in music integration and are able to enhance students' creative thinking and foster development of the whole child in the classroom.