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ERIC Number: ED368634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-23
Pages: 85
Abstractor: N/A
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The Impact of Instrumental Music Instruction on the Academic Achievement of Fifth Grade Students.
Dryden, Susannah
This study investigated the influence of instrumental music instruction on the academic achievement of fifth grade students. The sample consisted of 270 fifth grade students (135 boys and 135 girls) located in a southwestern Kansas school district in a city of approximately 20,000 people. The independent variables considered were: instrumental music status, gender, race, soioeconomic status, family structure, mother's level of formal education, and length of time in the school district. Specific scores from the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills, Fourth Edition, Level 15 were used as dependent variables. Level 14 scores from the test were used as covariate measures. One hundred sixty four subjects self-selected participation in instrumental music instruction (band or orchestra). Seven composite null hypotheses were tested and employed a single factor analysis of covariance. Of the 49 comparisons for main effects, 10 were significant at the .05 level. The significant findings include band participants had statistically higher reading vocabulary and reading total achievement; males receiving instrumental instruction scored higher statistically in reading vocabulary; and instrumental students whose mothers had a post high school education showed statistically higher achievement in the total score. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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