Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Nicole Wilcox


Montessori Early Childhood


The purpose of this action research project was to investigate the effects of music and visual cues on transition times. This research took place in a Primary Montessori classroom with children ranging from 3-5 years of age in a public, partial magnet, urban K3-8th school. Data was collected for four weeks using a transition time log, behavior tally sheets, teacher journal, and student attitude scales. The results of the study showed a slight decrease in transition times, and a larger decrease in disruptive behaviors using both music and visual cues. Although the transition time decreases were less than expected, the larger decrease in disruptive behaviors had a positive impact on the classroom environment throughout the day. Implications include extending the length of the study to see if there is a more significant decrease in transition times and extending the visual cues into the work cycle to create a more peaceful work time.

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Power Point Presentation on Effects of Music and Visual Cues on Transition Time