A survey and evaluation of music education practices and materials in the elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Boston
Keane, Mary Elsabeth, Sister
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Statement of the problem. It was the purpose of this study (1) to analyze elementary school music objectives and practices specifically recommended by leading music educators, (2) to investigate current music education practices and materials used in the elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Boston, and (3) to evaluate these music practices in their approximation to the recommendations of authoritative writers in music education. Sources of data. The sources of data used in this study included research into the professional writings of leading music educators, learned publications on music education, yearbooks and bulletins of music education associations, as well as periodicals, manuals, guide books, and many unpublished writings including Master's theses and Doctoral dissertations. For the collection of factual data relative to music practices and materials used in the elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Boston, the questionnaire technique was undertaken. Questionnaire forms were distributed to 231 elementary schools of the Boston Archdiocese. A letter addressed to the principal of each school requested her to present one questionnaire to a teacher of grade one or two, one questionnaire to a teacher of grades three or four, and one questionnaire to a teacher of grades five or six. A total of 634 classroom teachers received questionnaires. Two hundred twenty-two schools responded to the questionnaire with a 96.1 percent response. Tabulated forms were improvised for recording the cumulative data according to the respective degree of frequency.[TRUNCATED]
Thesis (M.S.)--Boston University. Missing page 164, 220.
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