Bonnie McSpadden


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Bonnie McSpadden (Texas)
Class of 2017
Program Design

When designing a program for her capstone, Bonnie chose to analyze the Music Instructional Methods Book Analysis Process (MIMBAP), a tool used to assist music teachers in integrating children’s books into music instruction.

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Backed by pedagogical evidence, Bonnie explored the relationship between language literacy and music literacy while showing the mutual effectiveness of incorporating both into a music program design. She created the digital tool: mcspaddenbooks.com.

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How did Kent State’s online MMME program help you decide on a capstone project?
“I really did have a hard time deciding what to do for my capstone, because each time I would take a course, I was absolutely, completely interested in what I was learning. I think that speaks to the quality of the courses: They were very compelling, and I felt like I could have created a capstone around each of the courses.

“In my first class, the foundations class, which is the one that everybody starts with, I did a paper for my e-portfolio where I talked about professional development in online learning communities for music teachers. And throughout the entire journey of thinking about what I could do for my capstone project, it was kind of in the back of my mind.

“I’ve been an elementary music teacher for a long time, and as part of that journey, I’ve spent a lot of time using children’s literature in my instruction. So I began to get very curious about what that would look like. That’s kind of where my project firmed up and took shape.”

Listen to Bonnie’s full presentation here.

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