Date Approved

5-1-1998

Embargo Period

8-9-2016

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 M.

Subject(s)

Bands (Music); Jazz; Sex differences (Psychology)

Disciplines

Secondary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if a gender inequity exists in student participation in high school jazz band.

The sample for this study consisted of students involved in the instrumental programs of high schools in South Jersey. A survey was generated by the researcher to collect data on participation. Sixty-eight surveys were mailed and forty-three were returned.

Data were converted to percentages and compared by instrument for participation in the overall program and the jazz program.

On the basis of these data there is a gender inequity in the participation of jazz band. The difference is a result of instrument selection. Females that participate on jazz band eligible instruments are as likely to be members of the jazz band as their male counterparts.

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