ERIC Number: ED338783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Multi-Cultural Awareness Project, the Organization and Implementation of a "World Steel Drum Ensemble".
Lawson, Stanley G.
This proposal describes the organization and implementation of a "World Steel Drum Ensemble" as a strategy to solve the problems of low minority academic achievement, high minority discipline incidents, and minority isolationism. The drum ensemble studied and performed music from Caribbean, Hispanic, and African heritages in a middle school setting in a Florida urban school district where about 30 percent of students were eligible for free lunch. Program implementation involved at-risk students who were joined with average and above-average students in the ensemble to perform music complimentary to cultures of at-risk students, promoting an appreciation of the minority cultures. The target population was the 20 students from various ethnic backgrounds who made up the ensemble. Knowledge of cultures other than their own improved for all target students from a previous 20 percent to 80 percent, as measured by a pretest and posttest. Ninety percent of target students were academically successful in all subjects, when success was defined as a "C" or higher. A similar 90 percent did not receive any discipline infraction reports during the practicum. The benefits of this multicultural music education were shared through videotapes and performances. Five appendices contain questionnaires used to determine student and educator reactions to the program. There are 13 references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, African Culture, Cultural Awareness, Discipline, Ethnicity, High Risk Students, Hispanic American Culture, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Knowledge Level, Low Achievement, Middle Schools, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Music Education, Percussion Instruments, Program Development, Program Implementation, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Drums; East Indians; Florida; Steel Bands
Note: Education Specialist Practicum, Nova University.