ERIC Number: EJ1037992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
String Music Educators' Perceptions of the Impact of New String Programs on Student Outcomes, School Music Programs, and Communities
Gillespie, Robert; Russell, Joshua A.; Hamann, Donald L.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v62 n2 p175-187 Jul 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of newly initiated string programs on teachers, schools, districts, communities, and existing music program administration and students. Research questions pertained to (a) locations, student access, and instructional offerings; (b) educators; and (c) perceived impact on student outcomes. Data from 64 participants were analyzed. Results indicated that new string programs were largely developed at the middle and high school levels, located in suburban (59%), urban (23%), and rural (18%) areas, with instruction held during the regular school day. The majority (86%) of teachers were credentialed string specialists. While participants cited some frustrations, such as scheduling difficulties and lack of performance facilities, they identified several benefits from the new programs, including increased student participation in all music programs, more student collaborative opportunities, increased community and local music business support, and the more comprehensive nature of the music curriculum.
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Music, Music Education, Music Teachers, Middle Schools, High Schools, Measures (Individuals), Surveys, Teacher Qualifications, Program Effectiveness, Reliability, Context Effect, Enrollment, Budgets
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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