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Master of Arts in Education
The students, parents and teachers of Christian Brothers College High School were surveyed to determine their degree of satisfaction with the music program there. The survey was compiled from literature regarding music education.
Data were gathered by devising and administering an assessment instrument utilizing a set of 15 goals as advocated by leaders in music education. The sample consisted of 69 music students, 66 of their parents, and 32 faculty members from Christian Brothers College High School .
It was hypothesized that :
- There would be no difference between the mean scores of parents, students and faculty .
There would be no difference between the mean scores of students in grades 9th through 12th.
There would be no difference between the mean scores of the parents, students and faculty concerning each item of the questionnaire.
The data gathered for this study were assessed and analyzed by the t-test and the one-way analysis of variance test. There was not a significant difference among the responses of any of the grade levels of students. The data indicated that there was a significant difference among the responses of parents, students and teachers on five of the items. These items were numbers two, four, six, seven and eleven as follows:
2 . Students are led to a means of recreation now and in later life.
4 . The study of music here instills self-discipline .
6 . Students are provided a channel of self-expression .
7 . Students are offered an opportunity to develop a rewarding personal and social life.
11 . The music program provides an effective way of preserving culture .
This study might better have been done in a school with declining enrollment since poor goal orientation was thought to be associated with enrollment loss . Further limitations had to do with Christian Brothers College High School being for hoys only; with some students ' interpretation of the survey questions; and with the performance emphasis at Christian Brothers College High School.
It was concluded that the results of this study could be used as a guide and a measurement device against which other music programs might compare the opinions of their students, parents and faculty. Replication of this survey was recommended.
Arana, Jerry, "A Music Program Assessment Instrument Based on Widely Held Music Education Goals" (1986). Theses. 427.
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