Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Nina Jaffe


Although both music and poetry are thoroughly-integrated into the Early Childhood classroom, the ballad, their intersection, has not been studied. Appalachian music features a prominent tradition of balladry, a synthesis of several different music traditions. With the increased interest in Appalachian Studies after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the study of Appalachian custom has become increasingly relevant. From a critical-historical perspective, the ballads, their collection, and their analysis have been used to perpetuate the oppressive structures that have come under increased scrutiny since 2016. This study is a hypothetical curriculum for integrating the study of Appalachian ballads into the Early Childhood classroom, with a focus on second grade students. It is meant as a reaffirmation of a rich historical tradition and a reclamation of this tradition from its misuse.


Early childhood special & General education