Capstone/Dissertation Title

How participation in a school music program impacts overall student achievement





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The research question addressed is how a student's overall achievement in school is impacted by their participation in music. The motivating factors for this capstone were the writer's personal experience as a student in their secondary music program, the writer's experience as a music teacher, and the recent developments with diminished funding for music programs in the State of Minnesota and the United States of America. Literature is reviewed from a variety of sources that provide support for the inclusion of a quality music program and the positive impact that it can have on student's overall success in school from the elementary level through their post secondary education. The writer supplements this literature with results of their own research, which included student surveys and questionnaires of current secondary music participants.

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