Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2022

Document Type

Education 530 Project

Degree Name

Master of Science



Department Chair or Program Director

Davis, Janine

First Advisor

Wells, Melissa

Major or Concentration

Elementary Education


Traditional methods of math instruction have been consistently linked to students having negative feelings about math, as well as decreased motivation and engagement during math instruction. This study investigated how arts integration, specifically integrating pop music, impacted students’ attitudes about math and students’ motivation and engagement during math instruction in a fifth-grade classroom. This study was mixed methods, with quantitative data collected through an adapted version of a student dispositions survey to assess students’ attitudes, motivation, and engagement, and qualitative data collected through a short response question about how students feel music impacted their math experiences. Results indicated that the integration of pop music had a significant impact on students’ attitudes about math. Students also noted how pop music integration made math more enjoyable and helped them memorize the information better.

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