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ERIC Number: EJ836963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
Music and Academic Success Go Together at Whitworth; University's Survey Results Also Suggest High School Music May Boost Chances of College Admittance
Olson, Catherine Applefeld
Teaching Music, v16 n6 p20 Apr 2009
This article presents the results of a research by Whitworth University music professor Richard Strauch which assesses the freshman class for Whitworth's 2007-08 academic year. Strauch found that Whitworth students who stuck with their high school music program had higher GPAs and standardized test scores upon entering the university than Whitworth's general freshman class, and that students who continued their involvement in music remained academically above average. Strauch's findings are the result of surveying only one class of students at one small liberal arts university and do not attempt to declare a causal relationship between music involvement and academic success. But they are of interest to teachers fighting the current trend of kids dropping out of school music programs to bolster their resumes with additional extracurricular activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A