ERIC Number: ED292531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Community College Music Survey.
Durham, James A.
In 1987, a survey was conducted to determine the characteristics of music programs at a sample of public community colleges in six southern states. Survey instruments were mailed to the chief instructional administrators at 93 two-year colleges, requesting information on program size, credits offered, numbers of full- and part-time music teachers, numbers of students enrolled in fall 1986 in various music courses, the availability of an associate degree with an emphasis or major in music, enrollment patterns, fees, and planned curricular changes. Study findings, based on responses from 56 administrators, included the following: (1) of the responding colleges, 53 offered music courses, 39 offered a planned two-year music degree program, 42 offered music theory, and 30 considered enrollments in their music programs to be satisfactory; (2) among the Alabama colleges, 3 had bands with an average enrollment of 20.3 students, 7 had choruses, 1 had an orchestra, 3 had show choirs, and 6 had stage bands; (3) the anticipated number of performances ranged from a low of 1 and 2 performances per term to a high of 51 performances per year for a Mississippi community college country/western ensemble; (4) a course in the fundamentals of music was required by many institutions as a prerequisite for enrollment in music theory; (5) average enrollments in fundamentals of music courses were highest (26.4 students) in Alabama colleges and lowest (10.8 students) in Tennessee colleges; and (6) special fees for music instruction ranged from zero for the Alabama community college system to a high at one Florida college of $90 per one credit/half-hour lesson per week. (UCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Okaloosa-Walton Junior Coll., Niceville, FL.