Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Subject Matter Teaching: Music


Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education


College of Education


Levinowitz, Lili M.


Education, Elementary--Parent participation; Music--Instruction and study--Juvenile


Elementary Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study was to examine the musical environment in the homes of elementary instrumental music students. The problem was to investigate the effectiveness of an active parental involvement program on their child's music achievement and music affectiveness.

Prior to the investigation, the researcher sent a home music environment survey home to all those students who signed up for instrumental lesson in the spring of their third grade year. One of the questions asked the parents if they would be willing to participate in the experiment the following September.

Once the school year started, times and dates were set for the twelve week treatment sessions to begin. The experiment involved 177 fourth grade beginning band students, and twelve parents. Both the students and the parents received instruction on their particular band instrument. The students received a weekly thirty minute group lesson, while the parents received a weekly forty minute group lesson during the evening. The students were grouped with like instruments. The parents were grouped accordingly: woodwinds one night, and the brass and percussion another night.

At the conclusion of the treatment session, the students had to perform an etude, which was tape recorded, for their performance achievement, and an attitude survey was administered to measure their music affectiveness. The researcher found significant mean differences in favor of the experimental group in both the students' performance achievement and their attitude towards music,