ERIC Number: ED356155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Increasing Middle School and High School Enrollment in Choral Groups by Developing a Revised Curriculum through Cooperative Group Process.
The goal of this practicum was to increase the number of students enrolled in the middle school and high school chorus. A secondary goal was to introduce teachers to group process, as a method of writing curriculum. To meet both ends, the subject of recruitment was incorporated into the curriculum plan. The practicum was conducted in a public school system located in a suburban community, along the northeastern Atlantic coast. Current enrollment in the public school system is 5,050 students. A program was designed that allowed teachers to modify the curriculum incorporating recruitment ideas. The program began in the spring after fall registration and continued into the summer with a curriculum committee that correlated the choral curriculum to the general music curriculum. The fall term began with a sharing of new ideas on recruitment, the use of higher levels of educational objectives, and evaluation techniques. Teachers were asked to list skills needed to maintain high standards of choral music. These skills, which included ideas on recruitment were later discussed, and using consensus, were transformed into educational objectives. After 10 months of implementation, most of the results of the practicum were favorable. Enrollment in choral ensembles increased and teachers demonstrated that by using a logical progression of brainstorming, consensus, implementation, and modification, a group process curriculum could be developed. Eleven tables are included; 13 appendices are attached. (Contains 60 references.) (Author/LBG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.