Date Approved

5-3-2001

Embargo Period

6-8-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S. Jay

Subject(s)

Learning disabled children--Education; Music--Instruction and study--Juvenile

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine and support the premise that participation in a school instrumental music program can affect a student's self-esteem and academic achievement. I will review existing literature, applicable studies, and articles to support my proposal. The sample size is composed of ten students with special needs, nine are classified learning disabled and one is classified learning disabled with autism. The measurement instrument will be a survey questionnaire. Participants will be teachers in my district. Study results indicate that most Regular Education and Special Education teachers measured agree that music education can and does affect a student's academic achievement and self-esteem. Additionally, most Regular Education and Special Education teachers agree that participation in extra-curricular activities also affect a student's self-esteem and academic achievement. Conversely most teachers agree that a student's participation in music integrated into the classroom curriculum does not assist with their work completion.

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