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ERIC Number: EJ864262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-4922
The Impact of a School Loaner-Instrument Program on the Attitudes and Achievement of Low-Income Music Students
Ester, Don; Turner, Kristin
Contributions to Music Education, v36 n1 p53-71 2009
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a public school loaner-instrument program on the attitudes and achievement of low-income students in an urban environment. Socioeconomic Status (SES) and Instrument Status served as independent variables. Participants (N = 245) completed surveys at the beginning and end of the school year, responding to statements related to general attitudes and attitudes toward studying music. In addition, the participants and their teachers completed posttest surveys regarding the students' musical, academic, and personal growth. Analysis included paired-sample t-tests and ANOVA. Results indicate that lower-income students playing school instruments (SI) demonstrate equal achievement to all other instrumental students and that SI subjects were unaffected by the differences identified between SES groups. Implications are that philanthropic organizations and school music educators could cooperate to provide the parallel requirements of access to instruments and access to quality instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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