Musical revitalisation of the schoolyard: results of a service-learning project

José Luis Parejo; María de la O Cortón-Heras; Andrea Giraldez-Hayes

Revista Electrónica Complutense de Investigación en Educación Musical

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
18 181-194


Language Country
English Spain


This research presents and discusses the results of a Service-Learning project developed by student teachers of Primary Education at the University of Valladolid during the academic years 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, and 2019/20. The project aimed to revitalize recess through musical activities for children aged 6 to 12 in seven schools in Segovia (Spain). The results of the qualitative analysis show that the project has promoted the musical development of the children through singing, the experience of rhythm, and expression through movement, using a selected repertoire of popular children folk songs. In the university students, it helped foster commitment to primary school students through the promotion of coeducation and socio-cultural diversity—values which have fostered the development of social and civic competences. The student teachers also achieved professional growth by obtaining through this project skills typical of Music Education teachers.


Music Education; Primary Education; Service Learning; Schoolyards; Recess Breaks; Citizenship Education;

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