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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Music Education

First Advisor

Lois Harrison

First Committee Member

Marilyn Draheim

Second Committee Member

Rachelle Hackett

Third Committee Member

Mari Irvin

Fourth Committee Member

Wendy March


This study examined the usefulness of the California Music Educators Association Music Educating K-6 Scope and Sequence (K-4 sections) by assessing its alignment with the National Standards for Arts Education (K-4 section). The investigation (limited to K-4 because of the organization of the National Standards) asked California elementary music educators how effectively the CMEA K-6 S&S communicated concepts specified in the Standards. An analysis identified 32 differences in grades K-4 between the CMEA K-6 S&S and the National Standards. After content validation by a panel of experts, a 43-item researcher-designed survey solicited preferences and comments from a systematic random sample of 300 California elementary music teachers. The survey responses were quantitative evaluated to determine how important these 32 differences were to music educators and whether to revise the CMEA K-6 S&S. Data from the 129 surveys returned revealed that in 26 of the 32 conceptual differences between the two documents, 85% of the population favored revision; that 61% preferred the rigor demanded in the CMEA K-6 S&S in 5 out of 6 items in the reading and notating music content area; and that 41% preferred a revision of the CMEA K-6 S&S to align with the National Standards in format. Of the respondents, 84% felt that the revised CMEA K-6 S&S would be a useful document in justifying music education to administrators, parents and classroom teachers: 82% felt that it would be useful in designing assessment instruments. The respondents requested in-service sessions in improvisation, the composition and arrangement of music, and the understanding of relationships between music and the other arts and disciplines. It is recommended that grades K-4 of the CMEA K-6 S&S be revised according to the preferences of California elementary music educators as revealed in this study.




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