Music Education in Iowa Public Schools
Bhimanadham, Narmada Neerja
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Our paper discusses the status of music education programs in Iowa public schools. Music programs are often the first to be cut when school districts have financial difficulties. Therefore, we conducted further research on this topic. Our research includes a short history of music and its importance in education. It is also shown to improve learning and have an effect on the human brain. Throughout the country many schools have dropped or reduced their music programs, mainly due to budget cuts and Common Core requirements. In order to see how Iowa is doing, we sent out surveys to all 338 public school districts and received 91 responses. Our results showed that in Iowa most school districts have retained their music programs and have found ways to keep music alive for their students. It also showed that Iowans are very proud of their music programs and are willing to support them.
Capstone paper from 2015 spring MPA program. Instructed by Allen Zagoren.