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ERIC Number: EJ1102253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2379-9021
Predicting Undergraduate Music Education Majors' Collegiate Achievement
Rohwer, Debbie
Texas Music Education Research, p45-52 2012
In order for teachers to guide students in their preparation to be music majors, it would be useful to know those musical components that best predict overall collegiate success. The purpose of this study was to measure the relationship of predictor variables (Lessons, Music History, Music Theory, and Piano) to collegiate grade point average (GPA) for undergraduate music education majors. Participants in the current study were 90 music education undergraduate majors from a large southwestern university. The dependent variable in the study was GPA. Student GPA was documented through the students' cumulative GPA over their time in college (two to three years of coursework). The data set for the prediction variable, Lessons, was gathered based on grades in the students' first of seven semesters of lessons on their primary instrument or voice part. Results for the current study document that the combination of common music core classes (Lessons, Music History, Music Theory, and Piano) can predict, in a statistically significant manner, music education majors' overall collegiate Grade Point Average (GPA). Of the core classes, Music Theory was the strongest predictor of GPA, followed by Music History and Piano, and finally Lessons. [Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Music Educators Association (San Antonio, TX, Feb 2012).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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