Making interdisciplinary connections through music: A systematic review of studies in general schooling context in Turkey


INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MUSIC EDUCATION, vol.41, no.4, pp.631-650, 2023 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/02557614221137867
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, ASSIA, IBZ Online, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Index Islamicus, Music Index, Music Periodicals Database, Psycinfo, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
  • Page Numbers: pp.631-650
  • Keywords: Affective integration, co-equal integration, interdisciplinary, music integration, social integration, subservient integration, MATHEMATICS, INTEGRATION, ENHANCE, IMPACT
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This study aimed to systematically review the literature focusing on music integration approaches adopted in preschool to secondary education in Turkey. The relevant studies were identified through a systematic search on five databases (The National Thesis Center, TuBITAK ULAKBIM TR Index, ERIC, Scopus, and Web of Science). The paper analyzed the publications that were written in Turkish and English between 2010 and 2022 and that are available on the databases of empirical theses and peer-reviewed scientific journals, addressing music integration approaches adopted in preschool to secondary schools by using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. By operationalizing these criteria, 35 studies were included in the review. The studies included were found to tend to use quantitative methods. Music has mainly been integrated into math, science, and language arts curricula. This study revealed that most of the analyzed studies used a subservient integration style, an arts integration style, and offered limited insight into the depth and scope of subject areas covered and the sequencing of skills. Furthermore, this study proposed to consider educational, cognitive, artistic, and affective outcomes together by maintaining the integrity of each of the disciplines in music integration studies in the general schooling context.