ERIC Number: ED045688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Musical Ability Utilization Program. Final Report.
Olanoff, Martin; Kirschner, Louise
This research undertook to determine the nature and extent of academic and motivational change in low-achieving junior high school students with some talent in music who participated in a special music training program. About 100 students in each of five schools were selected by a screening instrument and assigned randomly to experimental or control groups. For 3 years, each experimental student studied voice or an instrument as a music major, and the project was completed with about 42 students in each of four schools. Results indicated that no significant differences existed between the experimental and control groups with regard to scores in reading, arithmetic, and study skills; grades in language arts, social studies, and mathematics; teacher ratings on attitudes and behavior; or attendance. Interviews with 46 students indicated that participation in the program led to personality improvement, stimulation to study, and a more meaningful attitude toward school. (The second part of this report contains 10 units on music, tests and answers, charts, and illustrative materials from a project-developed curriculum designed to interest non-achieving students in learning music.) (Author/LH)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Attitude Change, Identification (Psychology), Junior High School Students, Learning Motivation, Motivation, Music, Music Activities, Music Education, Personality Change, Student Alienation, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Interests, Study Skills, Teaching Guides, Underachievement
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Bureau of Educational Research.