Music in the foreign language classroom: A survey of teachers’ opinions and practice

Project Details


This project aims to investigate whether recent research showing strong connections between musical and language skills has had an impact on instructional practice in additional language teaching. An online questionnaire has been designed to provide a 6-month snapshot of the music-related practices of self-selecting modern foreign language teachers. Questions aim to explore to what extent, and in what ways, teachers use music and songs to support learning in the classroom with different age groups and proficiency levels. The questions also address how teachers use musical materials with different groups (e.g., as part of a lesson, as background music to set a positive classroom tone, or both) and their recommendations for other teachers who wish to use music in their modern foreign language classrooms.
Short titleFL Music Teachers Survey
Effective start/end date1/01/2430/06/25

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


  • Teachers
  • Survey
  • Teacher practices and beliefs
  • Music
  • Modern Foreign Language Teaching
  • Second Language Teaching
  • L2 learning

Research Centres

  • Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing

Research Groups

  • Linguistics Research Group


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