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Committee Members

Brenda Ellis (Advisor), Shelley Jagow (Committee Member), James Tipps (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)


This case study was designed to increase student motivation and improve academic achievement in at-risk students through participation in an after-school music program. The case study began in September 2007, as a part of Project Jericho's After-school Arts Program, a program that is a collaboration between the Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center and Job and Family Services of Clark County, in Springfield, Ohio. An analysis compared pre and post data that included field notes, personal observation, student journals, and SWIS data (School-wide Information System: official school behavioral tracking system for data), in order to measure changes in behavior, attendance, and grades during the project. The results suggest that motivation and behavioral changes were significant during student participation in the after-school music program, supporting the theory that more after-school music programs should be designed for at-risk youth.

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Department or Program

School of Music

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