ERIC Number: ED064284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Expansion and Strengthening of the Existing Music Education Program--Elementary.
Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.
An elementary music experience program and efforts to expand it are presented. Program objectives include: (1) Increase achievement in specific areas of music, such as singing, rhythms, listening, and playing instruments; (2) Encourage self-expression or creativity; and (3) Develop an interest in extracurricular music activities. Intermediate classes in 30 elementary schools were included in the project; eight special music teachers were assigned to work in sixteen schools. The evaluation study was designed to obtain: (1) pretest and posttest measures of pupils' achievement in specific areas of music, (2) classroom teacher judgments of children's development and achievement, and (3) principal reactions relating to the effectiveness of the program. For comparison purposes, a control group consisting of 21 classes not involved in the program were selected for pretesting. All grades made statistically significant improvement when results of the initial test were compared with posttests in both the experimental and control groups. Differences for between the grand mean for each grade for the experimental groups and control groups are statistically significant at the .05 level indicating that these differences would occur by chance factors only one time in twenty. The greatest contribution to the special music teachers to pupil achievement, according to classroom teachers, was in providing special opportunities for pupils to participate in choral ensembles and perform for an audience. In general, the subjective evaluations of the principals of the schools involved and of the regular classroom teachers at these schools, indicated that the program was meeting a definite need for musical instruction on a broad basis. (CK)
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Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.