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This study examined the independent variable of scheduling model in Florida high school music programs to see if differences exist in enrollment and demographics. Selected scheduling models were six-period, seven or more period, zero-period, and block. Though newspaper articles have mentioned the zero-period scheduling model as early as 1983, this was the first study to document it. This research investigated the presence of the zero-period model and compared its enrollment and demographics to other scheduling models. Block scheduling was found to be the most common model in Florida (49%), while the zero-period model was the least common (9%). Schools with a zero-period model were found to have the highest music enrollment rates (16%). Findings on the demographics of music-enrolled students revealed that minority and low-income students enroll in music significantly less often than other students. This was found to be the case in all scheduling models. The seven or more period model was found to under-represent minority and low-income students more than other selected scheduling models.
Music Enrollment, School Scheduling, Block Scheduling, Student Demographics, Music Education
Date of Defense
June 4, 2007.
A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music Education.
Includes bibliographical references.
Steven Kelly, Professor Directing Thesis; Judy Bowers, Committee Member; Clifford Madsen, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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