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ERIC Number: ED349202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Musical Independence and Contributing Academic/Musical Experiences for Students in Good Rural Appalachian Schools.
Bobbett, Gordon C.; Bobbett, Nan C.
Using identified factors that affect students' musical outcomes, this research study examined how instrumental music students attending "good" rural Appalachian high schools compared to other instrumental students. "Good" refers to those 12 Appalachian rural school districts identified as the best out of 46 rural county school districts in Appalachian Tennessee and 32 county and 16 independent school districts in Appalachian Kentucky. Employing identified factors that affect students' musical outcomes, the study used the notion of "musical independence" to evaluate music outcomes. Musical independence was defined as the level at which an individual or organization required musical assistance. For example, a person who required much assistance in performing music would have low or moderate musical independence. The study had three specific purposes: (1) to evaluate the instrumental band students' musical independence (MI) at selected rural Appalachian high schools; (2) to compare students' MI level to their academic experiences, musical experiences, family environment, and practice/rehearsal activities; and (3) to develop musical independence benchmarks for instrumental students attending "good" rural Appalachian high schools. Band students at six rural Appalachian high schools participated in a two-part evaluation that involved administering the Instrumental Band Student survey (IBS) and Colwell's Music Achievement Test 3 (MAT3). The conclusions drawn from the study included: (1) socio-economic conditions are linked to students' musical outcomes; (2) Appalachian band directors and their instrumental students de-emphasize the promotion and development of musical skills; and (3) wasted student resources are an important educational issue. A 12-item reference list is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; Musical Independence
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 15, 1991).