Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Music Education, M.M.


Music Department


Dr. Kerry Renzoni

First Reader

Dr. Victoria Furby

Second Reader

Dr. Mark Filsinger


The purpose of this study is to explore what music teachers of refugee and immigrant students in the Western New York area are doing to include this population within their music classrooms. This is a qualitative multiple case study, with the purpose of finding out as much information possible from three participants who teach music to immigrant and refugee students. The three participants teach across different musical contexts, including middle school general music in an urban setting, elementary general music in a suburban setting, and elementary through high school strings in an afterschool urban setting. This study sought to find similarities between methods that these music educators used within the classroom, with the purpose of informing instruction for other music educators who teach immigrant and refugee students.