M.A. in Subject Matter Teaching: Music
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education
College of Education
Instrumental music--Instruction and study; School music supervision--New Jersey
The funding of poor urban schools in the State of New Jersey was increased in 1997 by the New Jersey Supreme Court Abbott v. Burke decision. The purpose of this study is to determine if this parity funding has had an effect on instrumental music education in the State. Data was collected from a sample consisting of all 55 Abbott schools and a stratified sample of 60 non-Abbott schools representing all District Factor Groups. Additional data was collected from State and Region educational organizations. A low return rate of 21% (Abbott n = 5, non-Abbott n = 19) limited the reliability of the results to research questions on differences between Abbott and non-Abbott schools in student participation, budgets, caliber of performance, and teacher job satisfaction. Additional data did show a difference between Abbott and non-Abbott schools in participation in State and Region ensemble auditions, with Abbott schools being underrepresented in all areas.
McDevitt, William Carl, "The effect of Abbott parity funding on instrumental music programs in the state of New Jersey" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 828.