ERIC Number: ED392657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Improving Parent Advocacy and Participation for More Successful Arts Education Programming in High School Choral Music through Political Involvement.
Anderson, Dean Philip
This practicum was designed to empower a parents' organization through a unified effort. Primary goals for the parents' group were set. One objective was to defeat a small circle of politically astute students in the high school choir. In the previous year, those adversaries successfully influenced the school board on a parents' proposal for the choir. The director of the choir outlined areas of participation for the parents that included: (1) lobbying, networking and leadership skills; (2) budget knowledge and fund raising; (3) attendance at school board meetings and school activities; (4) assistance in concert and tour arrangements; and (5) daily assistance at the school. Parents advocacy increased from 40 hours per month from the previous year to 282 hours per month during the practicum implementation. The parents became exceptionally active and were successful in reaching their goals that included approval of the high school choir to attend a national choral competition at the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. where the choir was placed in the top portion of the nationally ranked choirs. (DE)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Budgeting, Choral Music, Classroom Techniques, Community Involvement, Concerts, Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Improvement, Extracurricular Activities, Fund Raising, High Schools, Lobbying, Music Activities, Music Education, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Politics, Relevance (Education), Singing, Supplementary Education, Theater Arts
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.