Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to determine how the K-12 educational community in the state of Oklahoma perceived the importance of music education. An analysis of responses derived from the Music Education Perception Measure indicated that music educators’ overall perceptions toward music education were significantly higher than those reported by administrators, teachers of other subject areas, and support staff. The secondary purpose of this study was to ask members of the K-12 educational community how they would improve music in the schools. While administrators, music teachers, and support staff reported increased funding for music education to be the number 1 response to this question, teachers of other subject areas were more inclined to suggest improvements in the areas of curriculum and scheduling.

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