Date Approved

2-23-1999

Embargo Period

7-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Subject Matter Teaching: Music

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Levinowitz, Lili

Subject(s)

Education, Elementary--Parent participation; Musical instruments--Studies and exercises; Sixth grade (Education)

Disciplines

Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of parental involvement on the musical achievement of middle school band students. The problem of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a parental monitored practice program on sixth grade instrumental band students' music achievement.

All sixth grade band students were given a letter the first day of school which explained the investigation and asked the parents if they would be part of the study. The parents' participation involved attending an informational meeting, monitoring their students' practice, and commenting where appropriate. Students recorded their weekly practice, obtained their parents' initials and showed this to the teacher each week. The instructional period lasted for twelve weeks. At the end of the instructional period, an etude was assigned to all students in both the experimental group (18) and the control group (19). Each student prepared the etude during his own practice time. The following week, each student performed the etude, which was tape-recorded. These recordings were judged by two independent judges using a continuous rating scale.

The mean difference failed to be statistically significant. That is, although the observed mean of the experimental group was 16.056 and the observed mean of the control group was 13.278, the difference could not be considered different from a chance difference.

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