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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this research was to review a significant body of literature that related to music and arts education in the context of community engagement. An examination of the literature identified several issues affecting the engagement of communities in arts education pertaining to arts education policies, the role of arts organizations and the relationship between schools and communities. The summation of this research included an overview of models of successful collaborations between the public school and community institutions at national, state, and local levels in the United States with implications of future reform to the arts education policy. With such a vast array of program offerings initiated through the collaborative partnering of schools with communities and local arts agencies, valuable insights can be gained from concerted research efforts in the field of music education as to the unique opportunities afforded through purposeful community engagement.
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this research was to review a significant body of literature that related to music and arts education in the context of community engagement. An examination of the literature identified several issues affecting the engagement of communities in arts education pertaining to arts education policies, the role of arts organizations and the relationship between schools and communities. The summation of this research included an overview of models of successful collaborations between the public school and community institutions at national, state, and local levels in the United States with implications of future reform to the arts education policy. With such a vast array of program offerings initiated through the collaborative partnering of schools with communities and local arts agencies, valuable insights can be gained from concerted research efforts in the field of music education as to the unique opportunities afforded through purposeful community engagement.
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Music Programs that Engage Our Communities: Making a Stronger Connection by La Gretta Snowden A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment Of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Arts School of Music College of Visual and Performing Arts University of South Florida Major Professor: Janet L.S. Moore, Ed.D. John W. Richmond, Ph.D. Sheila C. Woodward, Ph.D. David A. Williams, Ph.D. Date of Approval: July, 2003 (Keywords: music education, arts education, arts partnerships, community-based arts programs, school development) Copyright 2003, LaGretta Snowden


i Table of Contents Abstract ii Chapter One – Introduction 1 Chapter Two – Music Education and the Community 7 Historical & Current Viewpoints 8 Needs and Resources 15 Needs of the School 17 Needs of the Community 19 Chapter Three – Arts Education in the Community 23 Community Perception 24 Arts Education Policy 30 Role of Arts Organizations 36 Collaborations and Partnerships 43 Chapter Four – Trends in Research 47 Research Studies 47 Models of Successful Partnerships 53 AGE 61 ArtsConnection 62 21st Century Learning Centers 64 CAPE 65 Boston Music Education Collaborative 66 Chapter Five – Conclusion 70 Implications to Future Research 73 References 76


ii Music Programs that Engage Our Communities: Making a Stronger Connection LaGretta Snowden ABSTRACT The purpose of this research wa s to review a significant body of literature that related to music and arts education in the context of community engagement. An examination of the literature identified several issues affectin g the engagement of communities in arts education pertaining to ar ts education policies, the role of arts organizations and the re lationship between schools and communities. The summation of this research included an overview of models of successful collabora tions between the public school and community institutions at nation al, state, and local levels in the United States with implications of future reform to the arts education policy. With such a vast array of pr ogram offerings initiated through the collaborative partnering of schools with communities and local arts agencies, valuable insights can be gained from concerted research efforts in the field of music education as to the unique opportunities afforded through purposeful community engagement.


1 Chapter One Introduction Traditional views of community interaction have long served as strategies for pedagogical emph asis among institutes of higher learning. However, current tren ds in educational reform have caused disciplines outside of prof essions, such as healthcare and business, to expand upon existing service learning models (Barnes, 2000; Swick, 2001; Taylor, 2002) in favor of a more creative integration of classroom theory an d practical application in life settings. With much discussion and renewed interest in the area of community-based learning and service learning (Boethel, 2000; Checkoway, 2000; Dodd & Lilly, 2000; Hollander and Saltmarsh, 2000; Jay, 2000; Lowe and Reisch, 1998; Soep, 2002), it is important at this time to consider the impact of such research in the context of music education. For the field of music education, the extent of such engagement has been quite limited. Interaction typically revolves around performances in local co ncert halls, auditoriums, parks, arenas, and nursing homes. While the value of this type of community involvement is not in qu estion, research may lead us to


2 view these as mere precursory ev ents for establishing engagement in education rather th an entertainment. Is it true to say then, that music educators have lost touch with their communities? In some re spects they have, which may be a contributing factor to the ongoing struggle for support of arts programs in the public school sy stem. As one author suggested: There is a feeling abroad in the land that while we’ve done a terrific job training profession als over the past fifty years, we’ve failed to engender a pub lic enthusiasm and demand for their services. Our preoccupati on with quality and excellence within our institutions has caused us to lose sight of a larger and perhaps more elusive goal : the development of a musical culture in America. (Wendrich, 1982, p.13) Looking for alternative ways to bridge the gap between the community and formal music education provided the fundamental conception of this research. It is the intent of this researcher to discover new knowledge that w ill inform educators and policy makers to move beyond the stereo typical roles of community music programs and look towards design ing curricula and programs that support experiential learning mo dels embracing a more holistic approach to the developing child. Learning, in this case, would be


3 viewed as a continuum and all experiences as being inclusive, inter-linked, and supported by a sh ared philosophical framework. At present, there is an extensive amount of literature in support of community-based programming enhanced by arts instruction. However, much of this literature and research represents an interdisciplinary appr oach to the arts as opposed to discipline specific. Hence, the literat ure identified in this study has emerged from a cross section of varying publications including scholarly journals, such as the Arts Education Policy Review, Music Educators Journal, Bulletin of the Council for the Research in Music Education, School-Community Journal ; as well as sponsored research by national arts agenci es and advocacy groups, including the Arts Education Partnership, Pr esident’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The methodology used included a revi ew of bibliographies in major research distillations including The New Handbook of Musical Teaching and Learning, Research in Music Education, and A Guide to Research in Music Education; keyword search in major research literature databases such as International Index to the Performing Arts, International Index to Music Periodicals, Music Literature Abstracts, FirstSearch, ArticleFir st ERIC (Webluis), Expanded Academic ASAP, IAC Expanded Academic Index, Wilson Select Plus


4 Dissertation/Abstract, and Arts Abst ract; and a review of published research syntheses in music and ar ts education. Keyword searches included areas such as music ed ucation and community, community music, community-based arts pr ograms, community education, music outreach, service learning, and arts education. How then should one approach the aspect of engagement? One form of engagement woul d constitute community-based musical learning experiences that enhance the music program within a particular community’s school. Key componen ts of such a relationship would be: 1) shared curricular objectives geared towards unique experiences; 2) shar ed resources such as facilities, space, and arts professionals oper ating both in and outside of the school, etc.; 3) collaboration be tween schools, arts agencies, organizations, universities, community colleges, etc. Other instances of engagement would also encompass the development of community teachers (Murrell, 2001) and community-based service learning models (Dodd & Lily, 2000). A community teacher would be identi fied as a person who lives and works in the community with a su ccessful track record of working with students in a particular area of expertise, in this case, music. Such individuals would serve as a vital link to any collaboration or partnering whether initiated from within or outside of the formal


5 school setting ascribing to the role of communitarian. Historically, ideas of the communitarian placed emphasis on the welfare of society collectively as opposed to the individual(s) within (Merz & Furman, 1997, p.24). In the context of this investigation however, the expansion of the music educat or’s role to include community engagement would bring into scope the impact of a comprehensive music program in the school an d its surrounding community. It would also ascertain implications of future research as it relates to pre-service teacher training and professional development through community outreach and service learning. As mentioned previously, commu nity service learning has become an increasingly prev alent topic among colleges and universities across the United Stat es as many educators look to strengthen teacher education and enhance community life (Swick, 2001). Other benefits associated with the service learning experience is that it fosters charac teristics of altruism, civic virtue, conscientiousness, courtesy, and sportsmanship in student participants (Glenn, 2002, p.10) as well as provides preservice teachers “with real-life opportunities to participate in the communities in which they live an d actively prepare for advocacy roles” (Dodd & Lilly, 2000, p.77).


6 In this case, an investigation w ill be made of the role of music education within the community as it pertains to the assessment of community needs and policy reform. To do this, various approaches will be presented wi thin the context of the schoolcommunity relationship. The first issue to be confronted is the historical and contemporary view s of the public school music program. Secondly, an examination will be made on the extent to which arts education policy has impacted society through community engagement. Thirdly, an investigation will be made of the role of arts organizations and other sectors outside of the school in collaborative efforts wi th the community to developing community-based arts programs. Fi nally, exemplary collaborative models in existence today will be identified that link schools, school districts, and non-school institut ions in community-based musical learning experiences.


7 Chapter Two Music Education and the Community Music is a phenomenon that pe rmeates every culture of the world. Whether by oral tradition or intricate notational system, music has played an integral part in the transmission of the human experience throughout society. Many countries have devised extensive pedagogical methods to promote the preservation of musical traditions within their educational system. Similarly, music education in the United States constitutes a rich, eclectic musical heritage whic h embodies diversity. This proves to be dually rewarding and challe nging as music educators look for better ways to help students fi nd meaningful and purposeful experiences in music, yet remain se nsitive to the cultural needs of a multi-cultured society (Hinckley, 2001). Consequently, it is very important to examine more closely the role of music education in American society and how the chan ging social dynamics affect the relationship between the schools and their surrounding communities.


8 This chapter has been organize d into two key areas: 1) historical and current viewpoints of music education and 2) needs and resources of the school and the community. Historical and Current Viewpoints In the United States, the rela tionship between formal music education and the community was inex tricably linked at one point. Dating back to the time before music became integrated into the formal school curriculu m, the community provided informal and, sometimes formal music education for children and adults alike. As on author reflected, “During an earlier time in American history, when there was no school music, community musi c was the basis of virtually all music education” (Mark, 1992, p.8). The development of singing schools and early performing ensembles (Mark, 1992b; Reimer, 1999) can be traced back to deep-rooted sentiments and stro ng community appreciation for artistic expression through music. Much of this can be attributed to the social and aesthetic functions se rved by music in the nineteenth century. During that time, expre ssions in music reflected national pride, moral and family values, as well as religious fervor. As support grew for public education al ong with a dedication to choral and instrumental music, music wa s introduced into the curriculum


9 of the elementary school in 1 838 by Lowell Mason (Campbell & Kassner, 2002, p.9). Over the years, as a result of the systematic changes within the public schools structuring and curriculum objectives, music has gradually assumed a lesser role in the educational process in many public schools. Early proponents for continued community engagement, however, believed that there were a host of issues, due to social and economic growth, that had direct bearing on school music programs and community relations. It is likely that many of these same issues still exist today. They included increased leisure time, more choice s for leisure activities (Dykema, 1992), technological advancement (Kaplan, 1988; Wendrich, 1982), and absence of community leadership assumed by the music educator (Bliss, 1992; Eilert, 1940; Kaplan, 1992b; Leonhard, 1981; Sparling, 1992). For example, when one author commented about the impact of technology on education, he wrote: Television, telephone, radio, phonograph and tape become our current means of communication replacing letter-writing and reading for general informatio n. Adding machines, cash registers, and computers have reduced the essential need for even arithmetic skills. In othe r words—reading, writing, and arithmetic are not truly basic requirements for day-to-day


10 living in contemporary society. (Weindrich, 1982, p.6) In response to these issues, music education would become a means for providing community consti tuents with viable options in improving leisure time activities and promoting cultural development. Others argued that school music programs have failed to successfully train the amateur musician creating an inherent flaw in the instruction of music (Anderso n, 1992; Drinker, 1992; Kaplan, 1992a). This argument stemmed from concerns that the demise of the amateur’s role in the educat ional process has had a profound impact on the livelihood of musi c in our communities. As stated midway in the 20th century by one writer: …how futile are many of our teaching efforts in music, concerning themselves primarily with perverted objectives of reading and technique, and failing to develop the will to make and hear music, which is the only legi timate reason for the reading and technical objectives…. (Eilert, 1940, p.59) In the 21st century, the concept of community has taken on an entirely different meaning. Much of today’s discourse about community is related to the de velopment and expansion of the global community. From televisi on to the introduction of the Internet, technological advances ha ve revolutionized every aspect


11 of human existence. Never before has the dissemination of music and musical instruction been as fast, easy, accessible, or as extensive. With the increasing po pularity of web-based instruction, interactive instructional software video conferencing, and virtual classrooms, some educators predict that technology will completely transform the way we teach (Hutchens, 2000; Kassner, 2001; Lehman, 2000; Undercofler, 2000; Vincent & Merrion, 1996). Furthermore, many allude to th e fact that public support and demands for music instruction will in crease due to the fact that the arts will be viewed as foremost am ong the rare opportunities in life where people are actively engaged in a shared experience (Undercofler, 2000). As the future foreshadows the arts being strategically positioned to combat the dehumaniz ation and physical isolation of a computerized world (Jorgensen,2003; Leonhard, 1980b), some contentions have to be made as to the pervading attitudes about music within the public. The growin g interest in brain research and academic achievement, as it relate s to musical study, has prompted a noticeable rise in public ac knowledgement and support of the arts. Still, arts programs in Am erican public schools assume the most volatile position in the fisca l budgets of school boards. As one author denoted:


12 The tighter budgets get and th e more expensive resources and personnel become, the more likely it is that some school programs will be relegated to the ‘cutting room floor’. Rural and urban schools cinch up their belts during these lean times and eliminate nonessential programs in favor of dedicating what few resources are available to the basics of instruction: reading, writing, and arithmetic These are the key elements of education and are nonnegoti able. However, children in urban and rural environments may proceed through their school years learning only thes e key elements, possibly being denied an education in the arts and all that goes with it. (Campbell, 2001, p.448) It would not be presumptuous, therefore, to contend that viewpoints about educating Americ a’s school-aged children are still being influenced by the ‘back to basic’ education campaign which excludes arts education. The concep t of a ‘basic education’ can be traced back to the ideas of the 17th century mathematician, Rene Descartes, who argued that emotio ns are separate and different from reasoning and thinking; thus, mathematics, conceived as being separate from involvement of the body and its unreliable senses and emotions, is the mode l for reasoning and for achieving pure intellect (Reimer, 1999, p.23) This assumption has greatly


13 influenced Western beliefs and educational systems, as commented by contemporary music education philosopher, Bennett Reimer. He further stated: It has led to the assumption that there are “intellectual” or ‘cognitive’ subjects such as math, science, and languages that require intelligence and are therefore ‘basic’ and that other subjects such as the ar ts, being rooted in the bodily senses and attendant emotions, are decidedly not ‘intellectual’ or ‘cognitive,’ do not require intelligence, and are therefore not to be considered ‘basic’. (Reimer, 1999,p.23) The realization of basic education in the “back to basic” movement has created a need for drastic reform from within and outside of American public school s (Mahlmann, 1995). Such being the case, perhaps it would be more befitting to present the ideas of community engagement within the co ntext of educational objectives extracted from a more “classical” approach such as that of the Paideia Program Proposal developed by Mortimer Adler. In discussions about educational reform, the idea of “Paideia” is not a new concept (Goodlad, 1984; Gurley, 1999; Potter, 1997; Jorgensen, 2002; Roberts, 1998; Roberts, 2002). Based on Greek ideology of what it is to be educ ated, Paideia “is not absorption of


14 institutionalized knowledge but a preferred way of being human” (Gurley, 1999, p. 356). The first si x of Adler’s fourteen essential elements of what constitutes the Paideia School provide a good starting place for building a co mprehensive arts program with emphasis on culture and community engagement. These six elements state that the Paideia School (1) is student-centered which means that ultimately it nurtures self-reliance of the individual student by developing his/her own sense of responsibility; (2) includes student involvement in go vernance, both individual and as a member of a group; (3) requires that the teachers and administrators model lifelong learning; (4) is the center of a learning community that extends beyond the school; (5) cares about the instructional developmen t of both students and adults; and, (6) requires that all children are expected to learn and succeed (Roberts, 1998, p. 4). Difficult as it may be to ascribe a sole remedy for the problems that plague our current educational system, Adler’s model will be used in later discussion as a reference point for supporting a philosophical framework upon whic h collaborative efforts between schools and communities can be bu ilt. Before continuing, some acknowledgement of needs and acce ssible resources is crucial to the operation of a healthy interschool and community relationship.


15 Needs and Resources of the School & Community The educational landscape of America’s public schools is changing rapidly. As our econom y becomes more service driven, there is a growing trend for soci etal institutions, including the school, to be customer serviced-or iented and user-friendly (Schmitt & Tracy, p.5). National reform initiatives in children and family services have mandated policy revisi ons of all institutions that are directly involved in offering servi ces to families (Council of Chief, 1998; Kirst & Kelley, 1995; Schmitt & Tracy, 1996). In response to these recent changes, some schools have begun to explore a variety ways for accommodating this new system of service delivery, realizing that by nature the needs and resources of the school and community are reciprocal. Such links will provide avenues for “enhancing coordinated responses to interrelated problems” ( Coming Up 1996, p.8). One writer explained: The movement to integrate services for children through collaboration among children’s organizations has taken hold as a viable issue of interest to policymakers as well as school and program administrators. Th e multiple needs of children at risk make the provision of school-linked integrate services necessary to ensure access to quality education. (Kirst and Kelley, 1995, p.21)


16 In most instances of school part nering, the nature and quality of these connections are formed to promote successful development of each child (Davies, 1995, p.267). As a result, collaborating agencies work together by channeling av ailable resources and providing opportunities in support of learning experiences that cannot be accomplished by the school alone. This type of relationship challenges traditional approaches to reform. Usually, reform models are based on a linear continuum where the output (academic achievement measured by standardized tests) remain cons tant while the input (learning objectives, competencies, or standa rds) changes in comparison to the overall effect it has on the output (Goodlad, 2000, p.11). For example, academic achievement ma y be a desired output whereas arts instruction might serve as th e input. To ensure success, Goodlad suggested that reform mode ls be viewed on an ecological scale in which the school functions as part of an ecosystem. Such a system would be able to renew it self continuously with the best interests of self and the entire so cial and natural environment. The ecology model also supports the sy mbiotic relationship between the school and other social institutions, as noted: The ecological model suggests that it is possible to distinguish the salient charac teristics of the social


17 arrangement within which the schools are embedded as a means of better understandi ng the outcomes of the educational process. By extension, it also suggests that we can identify the support services that may need to be integrated into and coordinated with the educational process in order to improve educational outcomes, particularly in inner-city schools. (Bartelt, 1995, p. 161) Future research agendas for acad emic institutions and funding agencies may very well be strongly influenced by topics such as community development, commu nity-based research and community practice (Lowe & Reisch, 1998, p.296). Thus, understanding of the needs and re sources of the public school and community provides the genesi s to establishing community engagement. The Needs of the School Since their inceptions, schools ha ve been created to meet the expectations of the students, parents, and local community constituents. Schools, however, are complex entities serving various and sometimes, conflicting purposes (Rigsby, 1995, p.7). While public outcry centers on school improvement and student achievement, schools have striven to maintain a commitment to make education accessible and equi table for all students. According


18 to Council of Chief School Officers schools need assistance in: (1) enriching and accelerating th e curriculum; (2) supporting professional development and school wide planning; (3) perfecting effective ways of teaching; (4) us ing new forms of assessment; (5) understanding the dynamics of the neighborhoods in which they are located; and, (6) identifying the opportunities and challenges presented by changes in policies and programs that determine the kinds of additional supports, service s, and opportunities available to support young people’s lear ning and development. Despite best efforts, public sch ools in the United States are in a crisis. John Goodlad, in A Place Called School (1984) made several recommendations for im proving schools based on his assessment of each school’s n eeds. He recommended that: The states provide the schools with comprehensive goals. The school districts decentralize authority and responsibility to local school sites. The preparation process be separated in teacher education Time and teachers be redistri buted to provide a sufficient scope of curricula and balance the expectations of state goals.


19 Ability grouping and tracking be eliminated to place a greater emphasis on mastery learning. Research and development be focused on curriculum design. Whatever the needs may be, the future will demand that schools take a more proactive stance towa rd establishing new dialogue and opportunities for the equita ble exchange of ideas and responsibilities in order for school programming to be relevant to their communities. Many schools have made considerable strides toward addressing their indi vidualized needs through the implementation of new reform strategies (American Federation, 2000). Some of these strategies included higher standards, implementation of proven prog rams, improving professional development, reduction in class si ze, and providing additional help for students. The Needs of the Community Identifying the particular n eeds of any given community may present a complex challenge; be cause the social and economic structure of every community is different, it is difficult to assess specific needs. As societies cont inue to evolve, educational needs shift. Thus, the success of the school is closely linked with the success of the community. This relationship was more evident


20 when schools served as symbols of civilization of a particular community or nation (Punke, 1951) as well as an extension of family and church marked by close kinship ties and shared values (Merz & Furman, 1997). Today’s neighborhoods experience disengagement brought on by a host of social ills, such as poor community attachment due to high mobility rates; inequities in earning and housing opportunities; fragmentation of values and norms; fear and violence; and the lack of opportunities to gather, interact and celebrate (Milstein & Henry, 2000). Coupled with the estranging effects of multiculturalism and diversification, many communities ha ve lost their sense of identity. However, the way in which a community identifies itself determines its needs. One writer describes the identification process in terms of the Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft continuum, a theory of community developed by the 19th century sociologist, Ferdinand Tonnies (Merz & Furman, 1997). Tonnies asserts that there are two distinct ways to conceptualize community. Gemeinschaft represents traditional relationships that are extensions of family, tribal, or social groupings; whereas Gesellschaft represents relationships of mutual exchange usually nurtured by comme rcial trade or specified by a


21 certain role or task. The school in this instance would serve an institutionalized purpose: Historically, then, the Americ an public school developed a balance between Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft While a tension between these roles no doubt existed, a workable balance was the norm. The local community supported the “bridge” function of the school They believed the school was a necessary supplement to the fa mily and that education was the key to success in the larg er society. (Merz & Furman, 1997, p.37) The extent to which a community identifies with either end of the continuum will compromise any lasting efforts for achieving a healthy partnership or collaboration. Modern society seems to exhibit a greater tendency towa rd Gesellschaft in the schoolcommunity relationship. Wi th national campaigns for ‘accountability’, much of our views have shifted: Throughout the 20th century, several trends have eroded this workable balance of Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft in the schools. The schools have drifted far closer to the Gesellschaft pole, and this drift has affected both the quality of life in schools and the relati onship between schools and the communities they serve. (Merz & Furman, 2000, p.38)


22 New trends involving the collaborations between social services and public school mark the reconstruction of how schools will service their communities in the 21st century (Schmitt & Tracy, 1996, p.10). As social agencies begin to be housed on physical school grounds, the schools will become revolving doors to programming innovations. Opportuni ties for collaborations will be plenteous and the music education profession will need to respond accordingly (Undercofler, 1997, p. 18). Some new considerations for music educators will be the impa ct of serving greater constituent to include the very young and adult learners and how present curricular objectives could suppo rt ideas of an educational continuum, or lifelong learning (Ernst, 2001; Leonhard, 1981).


23 Chapter Three Arts Education within the Community Presently, the arts educat ion community is examining traditional modes of arts educat ion in the schools (Volkman, 1999, p.55). New questions are emerging such as how are the arts being taught and by whom? Should the arts be disciplined-based? Do practicing artists, community vol unteers and cultural organizations have a role in arts education? Many arts educators, in response to these questions and many mo re, are assuming greater responsibilities for the implementation of curriculum, seeing that it reflects the needs, resources, and interest of the students and the community (1999, 57). Some musi c educators have sought to address such issues by designing or adapting their programs with more focus on relevance, variety, and maintaining high expectation for students (Hinckley, 1995). Music programs around the country are being expanded to include nontraditional ensembles such as gospels choirs, salsa bands, and synthesizer ensembles. Other program extensions have involved creative partnerships with community organizations such as El ders Share the Arts (ESTA) and Community School Partnership fo r the Arts (C/SPA) (Perlstein,


24 1998; Rodgers, 1999). These partnerships have allowed music teacher opportunities to work with varying audiences while simultaneously building stronger relationships with the community. Community Perceptions In general, issues in educatio n have been aggravated by the constant shifting of agendas in efforts to answer the rhetorical question, “why do we educate?” Th ese shifts, whether attributed to social, political, or economic tensio n, almost instantly translate into curricular objectives th at are centered on wh at has been described as a “basic education”. However, much of what is defined as education is directly influenced by what society deems important to know. Chapman and Aspin purport that being knowledgeable denotes an individual’s ability to function successfully in society; thus, education becomes the gauge for measuring economic prosperity, social and political cohesion, and achievement (Chapman & Aspin, 1997, p.6). Othe r by-products of education are: reductions in crime; equality of o pportunity, maintenance of cultural heritage, levels of cultural civility in polity; and a more egalitarian social world (Tooley, 2000, p.29). Around the world, there is a sh ared sentiment that the future of economic prosperity, social, and political cohesion, and the


25 achievement of genuinely democratic societies with full participation depends upon a well-educated popu lation. Therefore, one of the major aims of education is to be accessible to all students and a priority for the educationally under-served. (Chapman & Aspin, 1997, p.6) In the United States, the translation of such sentiment into curricular objectives and prac tices has often resulted in an alienation of the arts with respects to other academic subject areas when issues in funding and support arise. Thus, music and arts professionals have a more difficult plight balancing the educational demands from governmental and community constituents. While certain strides have been made in the hopes of accomplishing such a massive undertaking, some of th e current practices and outcomes in arts education have worked in op position to this goal, leaving a quagmire of uncertainty and disengagement. Furthermore, prominent educators, such as Davi d Elliott, have attributed this ambiguity and instability to the underdevelopment of the philosophical aims in music education (Elliott, 1995). In Music Matters he explained that, while ph ilosophy intersects music education on three levels (the personal, the public, and the professional), it is the quality of a philosophy that lends itself to “logical consistency in relation to the natures and values of music


26 and education and to the profession al practice of music education” (Elliott, 1995, p.11). He added: Various members of the public hold beliefs about the form and the content of music educ ation. However, vague or explicit, public beliefs are freq uently packaged as promotional advertising or formulized in ‘m ission statements’ by governing bodies (for example, school boards, federal policy makers, and parent organizations). (1995, p.11) Another major issue for America’s system of public education is the inability to distinguish betw een education and schooling. If we are to look toward philosoph y as a means for adding stability and validity to the arguments for th e inclusion of arts education in the schematics of a basic education, we then need to consider the role of philosophy in the deba tes of education vs. schooling. A brief overview of schools of thought about education suggests that education involves a meaningful and holistic approach to learning. This is in great cont rast to current practices of today where much of what is perceived as education is reduced to a relatively simple process of a teac her “telling students what he or she knows about a subject and in response, students take notes and then periodically tested on whether they memorized the key lessons.” (Bowsher, 1989, p.13) Ho wever, our system of education


27 has been founded on four philo sophical schools (Van Scotter & Haas, 1991). These schools view education as either: Promoting intellectual growth. (Essentialism) The continuous reconstruction of experiences; a living/learning process rather than a preparation for later adult life. (Progressivism) Promoting the development of rational person through teaching that helps students us e their inherent power to think rationally by exhortation, explic ation, Socratic discourse, and oral exposition. (Perennialism) Leading society to the realizat ion of its value through goals and programs of social betterm ent, thus the school becomes the agent of change and social reform. (Reconstructionism) While educational ideology continue s to provide some instances of polarization in educational reform, the practice of “schooling” often thwarts any real attempts for mo ving beyond the school walls to engage in purposeful learning experience with the school’s surrounding community. Schooling, as differentiated from the educational process, accounts for how learning is defined and organized via competencies, graduation requirem ents, and the standardization of educational units. Unfortunately, as social pressure from business


28 and governmental arenas draw our educational system under more scrutiny, education becomes the “b usiness of schools” (Goodlad, 1984, p 14). Elliot alluded to the failures of philosophy, however, only as a contributing agent. He stated: While the failures of past philosophy are numerous and profound, it is unrealistic to conclude that our curricular insecurity results entirely from philosophical misunderstandings about musi c education among ourselves or between ourselves and the pub lic at large. This is so, I suggest, because in addition to the factors reviewed above, ‘security’ is a two-way relationship: Something becomes secure in, or secured by, someth ing else. In our case, that “something else” is schooling: the context in which music educators attempt to educate children. I suggest that underlying all the above problems and their various combinations is a more fundamen tal problem. The functions, principles, and corollaries of schooling are incompatible with the ideals of education in general and the values of music education in particular. As a re sult, a central challenge facing our profession lies not so much in music or music education but in the nature of schooling. (1995, p.300)


29 Besides, as quoted from Elliot Eisner’s, The Kind of Schools We Need “ the real test of successful sch ooling is not what students do in school, but what they do outs ide of school” (Eisner, 1998, 170). In recent years, the music ed ucation profession has invested a great deal of time and effort to ward providing a rationale for how and what students learn in the mu sic classroom. The concern here is that this has not translated into cultural practice, and if so, only to a marginal degree. More qualitative and quantitative research is needed to address what kind of musical learning experience happens outside of the formal setting and how these learning experiences can inform the policy an d practice in music education. This would require dramatic change in community perception and the way schools and music progra ms are operated; and change, according to one writer, is not always easy. She argued: Tradition and familiar routines and practices of schooling are are easy to maintain and follow… In fact, schools really have not changed much in the past 100 years. Each attempt at educational innovation generally slips back into a traditional mode of educational operation that is safe and familiar. (Speck, 1996, p.69) In regard to the nature of the relationship between the school and the community as being mutually de pendent on the other, then it


30 would be reasonable to argue that changes within the school music program will elicit changes outside as well. Arts Education Policy Another factor affecting community engagement is arts education policy. Since policy “repre sents an idea or array of ideas designed to guide practice” (Eisne r, 2000, p.4), some consideration has to be given to current views in policymaking for arts education. The interdisciplinary focu s of this section as opposed to music as a ‘stand alone’ component relates to the pluralistic representation of arts education policy with respect to perception and practice of constituents within and outside of the arts community. Discussions about policies in arts education are both extensive and complex. Trends in policy issues range from being discipline specific to multi-discip linary approaches with the arts. When it comes to community invo lvement, very little research has been done in the area of po licy development that guides practitioners, within the field of music education, in community based programming that supports arts (music) programs within the public schools. What have b een defined are objectives and standards that serve more communica tive purposes rather than all inclusive arts (musical) experiences. Rising expectations in student achievement, school performance, and accountability spawned by


31 new research linking academic achievement to musical aptitude (Cutietta & Hamann, 1995, p.18) has led to the gross misconception of what music (art s) education should look like. As Eisner commented: The public interests in such co nsequences, in my opinion, a reflection of its shallow underst anding of arts education. Of course, the “Mozart effect” (R auscher, 1993) is intriguing, even if (perhaps because) the public does not have access to the studies on which the extraordinary claims about the connection between music an d intelligence and school achievement is based. Hype replaces understanding, and because the public’s view of ar ts education is nave, such claims seem a reasonable and intriguing justification for teaching the arts at all. (Eisner, 2000, p.4) The connection between the public and arts education has been shaped by many different forces du ring the course of the twentieth century, as Werner portrayed ch ronologically in his article, Arts Education Policy in the Twentieth Century He encapsulated policy development and reform that took place within twenty-year periods beginning in the 1920’s and ending in 2000. Before the 1920’s, he linked policy development with paroch ial influences associated with the singing schools. The 1920’s and 1930’s saw educational policy


32 shift to embrace the ideas that supported “music for every child” which would increase their apprec iation of the art form through personal participation. By 1940’s and 1950’s, with the increased GI’s enrollment into universities and colleges and the creation of professional education for music teachers, musi c programs, especially at the collegiate level, were being designed to aid in the development of a national artistic culture. Unlike previous decades, the 1960’s marked a time of unprecedented suppo rt for the arts by public and private entities which called for reform of traditional practices and programs. Werner summarized: New competencies were called fo r and accreditation standards in art and music were reviewed in light of the needs of teachers and professional artist s as they worked more closely together in programs such as artist residencies in the public schools. (Werner, 2000, p.15) This impetus would be short liv ed as the 1970’s would signal a decline in revenue and funding resour ces that were available to arts and redirected to programs whose aims addressed economic and social maladies such as drugs, crime, and unemployment. The encroachment of the informatio n era, underway around the 1980’s up until the present with the advancements in digital and


33 multimedia technology, has transformed the ways in which instruction is delivered and the dy namics of the classroom. Other identified elements influencing policy decisions were demographic changes and multiculturalism. Finding ways to connect commu nity involvement with arts education policy and practice is so mewhat difficult in terms of the traditional frameworks of formal education. This difficulty can be attributed to persuasive opinions of what constitutes the strengths and weaknesses of educational policy. At present, much of what guides formal practice in the arts policies directly translate to the National Standards for Arts Ed ucation. While the standards symbolize an important milestone in the history of arts education, references to civic or cultural involvement or the expansion of musical learning applicable to se ttings beyond the school walls are inadvertently implied. Any mention of cultural encounters allude to student activities that are latent with awareness and/or expedient participation which does not allo w for a “lively music education transaction” as expressed by note d music educator, Keith Swanwick (Swanwick,1999, p.44). Swanwick further stated: I am arguing, then, that musica l discourse, while including an element of cultural reflection, also makes possible cultural refraction, seeing and feeling in new ways. We do not merely


34 ‘receive’ culture. We are cultur al interpreters. A conception of music education as a form of cultural studies or social reinforcement is likely to resu lt in a very different curriculum from that which identifies musi c as a form of discourse. Music teaching then becomes not a question of simply handing down a culture but of en gaging with traditions in a lively and creative way, in a network of conversations having many different accents. (Swanwick, 1999, p.30) Being that the standards, as well as the inclusion of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, have tremendously impacted policy reform at the federal and st ate levels (Wilson, 2000, p.15), discourse and much debate is still limited to measurable outcomes or music literacy. The Director of the Eastman School of Music, James Undercofler commented: The National Standards and thei r translation into state-level guidelines suggest a definiti on of musical literacy that includes the ability to sing and play music of average complexity; hear, place in a hist orical context, and analyze a variety of musical forms and st yles, including those of one’s own preference; compose and improvise melodies that convey personal meaning; an d understand how music relates to other disciplines. Music is a complex discipline, and these


35 skills can only be gained throug h a consistent and sequential music curriculum. One can liken the study of music to the study of English. To be liter ate, both subjects require the ability to read, write, and understand a complex language. To be fluent, both require the ability to be creative, analyze formal structures, and place items in historical context. (Undercofler, 1997, p.17) Another strengthening agent to arts education policy has been the inclusion of the arts in the 1997 NAEP Report Card. Because the fine arts have had a long history of distancing themselves from “ordinary life, civic issues, and the academic mission of school” (Chapman, 2000, p.27), arts educators have fought, and continue to fight, an unrelenting battle for relevance and importance. As Eisner pointed out, “To be left out is to be disregarded and to be disregarded is no asset when it comes to competing for time and other resources to one’s program.” (Eisner, 2000, p.4) Paul Lehman suggested that the tw o most positive outcomes of the NAEP Report were that it incl uded the arts among the basic disciplines of the curriculum; an d it also demonstrated that assessment in music can be done on a large scale (Lehman, 1999). Of course the report reiterated the basic notion that “what is


36 measured gets done”, thus “arts education is better off being included than being ignored” ( 1999, p.37). There are, however, limitations as to the degree of st rength to which the NAEP Report Card adds validity to arts educ ation policy. This holds true, especially when the assessment, itse lf, yields inconclusive evidence as to the overall condition of the nation’s music programs. Lehman further concluded that the results were not statistically significant and reveal very little about studen ts’ abilities to perform, create, and respond to music (Lehman, 1999, p.35). To some extent, arts education policies are not as forth-telling of the true nature of what music education is and how such an education is unique and necessary for us to live truly productive lives. Role of Arts Organizations Much of what is known as community-based arts programs have been created and designed by arts organizations. Arts organizations operate at the local, state, and national levels with a broad range of objectives and scope of services. In the case of music, these organizations can be divided into three general categories: those whose primary purp ose is to support the creation and presentation of professional musical works; those who promote the furtherance of teaching in mu sic; and those whose focus is to


37 support music and music teaching. (Hope, 1992, p.726) However, for the purpose of this paper, it would be more beneficial to focus attention toward arts organization s that have influenced musical learning in community-based settings. To begin, the networks of arts organizations, agencies, foundations, public and private philanthropic organizations are intricately woven and quite extensive. Yet, all paths converge to a single entity, the NEA (National Endo wment of the Arts). This is not to say that other arts organizations are of less significance or less reputable. But since it’s incept ion in 1965, the NEA has become a beacon for arts advocacy which is even more synonymous with arts education. Many arts professional s challenge this association of the NEA with respect to arts education, with sentiments that the NEA’s education programs “amount to ex posure rather than sequential instruction” (Myers & Brooks, 2002, p.911). As Laura Chapman, pointed out: There can be little doubt that the NEA is the most visible ‘bully pulpit’ for the arts and ha s every political reason to be perceived as the source of authority on arts education— curriculum design, teacher educ ation, assessment, and much more. The NEA has neither the authority nor the expertise to address such matters, and it ha s a long record of excluding


38 arts educators from its own policy formation. (Chapman, 2000, p. 28) However, in 1983, under the di rection of the new chairman, Frank Hodsell, the NEA underwent a cosmetic overhaul to re-design one its most prestigious educationa l outreach programs, the Artist in Schools. (Marks, 1996, p.96) Th e Artist in Schools program was created in 1969 for the purpose of pa iring local artists with schools, allowing students opportunities to participate in the artist process with arts professionals. However, und er much criticism, the Artist in Schools changed to the Artist in Education in 1980 and later to the Arts in Education program. The Ar ts in Education program currently works with states through three f unding categories: State Arts in Education Grants, Arts in Schools Basic Education Grants, and Special Projects, which awards fund ing to a league of organizations including education agencies, school districts, institutions, and organizations. (1996, p.100) Still, th ere is inconclusive evidence as to the effectiveness of such community involvement where partnerships are with local artists. As Constance Gee stated: The most important findings concerning the character of individual residencies and the e ffect of the artist residency program at the local level were: only a small percentage of U.S. students,


39 most of who reside in middle to upper-middle class suburban and urban communities, benefit from the residency program; residency quality and effectiveness is greatly dependent upon the existence and condition of the host school’s related arts program; the introduction of ne w media and production/ performance techniques provides the bulk of residency content—historical inquiry and discussion of the cultural context and ideological and aesthetic significance works of art are rarely included; the practice of bringing artists into schools to teach, create, and perform rarely results in the subsequent establishment of regular school arts programs. (Gee, 1994, p.9) Again, as we look at the role of arts organizations and other sectors of society that are directly involv ed in developing arts education programs at the local or communi ty level, there are a few more public entities that need mentioning at this time. The United States Office of Education continues to pl ay an important role in shaping


40 arts education policy even though ed ucation is a primary function of the state and local municipals. As Gee continued: Whether the federal government elects to address or ignore the needs of a specific constitu ency or area of the curriculum not only affects the character an d quality of the education to which students have access, it often acts as an important factor in the determination of who will and who will not be afforded certain education o pportunities. (Gee, 1994, p.11) Other prominent agents of advo cacy for arts education are the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, and the AEP (Arts Education Partnership). Even though they ha ve strong ties to the NEA, these philanthropic groups have retained a great deal of autonomy with regard to research and advancemen t of arts opportunities within and outside of the school. For example, a recent community arts initiative sponsored by the Kennedy Center’s Alliance fo r Arts Education entitled, the Community Audit, was designed to be a measurement for assessing the real needs of the school in an e ffort to create the highest quality arts learning experience for all st udents. Some of the purposes of the Community Audit were to:


41 Provide a report to the communi ty on the status of arts education in the schools. Give an initial assessment of quality including the positives and the shortfalls. Serve as a planning tool to improve quality by examining known critical factors. Serve as a useful vehicle fo r community goal setting and implementation. Serve as a valuable tool for resource allocation. (Community Audit, 2001, foreword) The Getty Center, also served as major advocate of arts education as Eisner recounted: The Getty came on the scene in 1983. During the course of its existence it provided the most continuous and programmatically diverse support the arts had ever received by any agency, public or privat e. Unlike the federal and state initiatives, which come and go with the political breeze, the Getty was a constant source of support for arts education advocacy, for teacher in-service education, for the compilation of research, for o ccasional papers and scholarly monographs, for biennial national conferences and an array of other forms of programmatic support. (Eisner, 2000, p.6)


42 Where the Getty Center left off, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), has embarked on the scene giving arts advocacy a new face and added dimensions. The inception of the AEP in 1995 brought together a coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic, and government organizations to advocate the essential role of arts education in the learning and development of every child, and the improvement of America’s schools. The primary focus of the AEP was to assi st all students in achieving the highest level of achievement and co mpetence in the arts and other subjects. However, in as much as th e role of the arts organization is an integral part of the educ ational process, educational programming should still be subjec t and shaped by arts education policy, as reiterated in the AEP Strategic Plan, The expectations for what students should learn and be able to do in the arts are expresse d in the National Standards for Arts Education, and counterpart standards established by states and local communities. These standards and related assessments at the national, st ate, and local level should be the benchmarks for student lear ning in the arts whether that learning occurs in school, afte r-school, or at arts and cultural organizations and institutions in the community. (AEP Strategic Plan, 2002)


43 As valuable as these relationsh ips are to the community and the arts profession as a whole, there is still some speculation as to what is deemed the “highest quality” ? Or, what are the real motives behind such partnering? And, does education fall victim to political and social agendas? Collaborations & Partnerships One of the unique and unifyin g elements that fortify the bonds between arts organizations and their surrounding communities is the spirit of colla boration or partnership, used interchangeably at this point. Collaborations have become a more prevalent aspect of school impr ovement and educational reform initiatives than ever before ( Arts, Education, and America 1980; Beyerbach, Weber, Swift & Goodin g; Davies, 2000; Maxwell, 1999; Melaville & Blank, 2000; Mims, 1993). These partnerships, however, are not readily achiev ed because of how they are approached and the expected outcomes by partnering entities (Fineberg, 1994; Rakow & Robinson, 1997). Donaldson & Kozoll postulate that there are four stages in the life of a collaborative relationship: a) Emergence, b) Evolution, c) Implementation, and d) Transforma tion. Emergence is described as the stage where there is an identifi cation of partners, description of motivations and incentives, and problem setting (Donaldson and


44 Kozoll, 1999, p.13). Evolution involves direction setting, maintenance and growth, redesign, and/or termination. Implementation refers to the engagement into action that will complete the vision or goals. Transformation denotes change s that can occur at any time, at any stage of the cycle becaus e change remains constant. In Transforming Music Education Estelle Jorgensen described how transformation relates to music education. She stated: I view music educational transformation as a dynamic process involving many voices. Music and education are dynamic, living things, in the process of changing and adapting to the wider societ y and culture of which they are a part. Any systemic intervention or action affects not only the system and its environment but also those who seek to change it. There are tensions between the status quo, which is itself a dynamic and gradually changing entity, and those ideas and practices that would radically, and systematically, or fundam entally alter the system and even its environment, between those who set out to make changes and the system that a ffects them and shapes their thinking and acting. Nor is this transformation ever complete. It is always ongoing. Its effects are both intended and


45 unintended, because its architec ts lack complete knowledge and perfect foresight. (Jorgensen, 2003, xiii) As mentioned earlier, the basis of this research is to identify ways to engage the music program into the community via cultural resources, arts organizations, and/or community venues that are receptive to ideas of enhancemen t of musical learning for all students. Of course, this research er is not suggesting that there should be total melding together into one superimposed entity, but rather to look to the attributes that make each entity inherently different to find a commonplace upon which to build integrated learning experiences. There are challenges to such a proposal, or any collaboration for that matter, which have to be addressed. Project Zero researcher, Jessica Davis outlin ed a few areas of concern as follows: Expectation, Priorities, Ou t-of-School Settings, Artists as Teachers, Level of Caring, Studen ts as Clients, and In-school Benefits (Davis, 1999, p.13). She also made a case for much broader issues of concern from th ree perspectives: the School, the Center, and the Collaboration. There is a substantial amount of literature that supports the need and increasing popularity of school/community partnerships (AEP, Learning Partnerships, 1999; Davis, 1994; Deasy, 2002b;


46 Fineberg, 1994; Murfee, 1993; Stan kiewicz, 2001). One timely and invaluable piece of literature for music educators was the 1991 Report of the National Commission on Music, Growing Up Complete This report attested to the need for the music community to: Become directly involved in and take responsibility for the success and growth of school music programs. Let Elected Officials know when local goals for education omit or slight the arts. Become matchmakers, bringing together the all-toodisparate domains of musicin-the-schools and music-inthe-community (1991, p.31). Additional publications sponsored by the AEP stress the need for strengthening state-level partnerships and the creationdevelopment of learning partnership (Arts Education, 1999; Arts Education, 2000). Arts partnerships identified as having the greatest effectiveness and impact attributed success to pooling resources, building strong relation ships, and working together; all of which stems from a collectiv e awakening as to the shared responsibility and ongoing commitmen t of each societal institution to the educational process.


47 Chapter Four Trends in Research A brief survey of current trends in educational research yielded a vast array of topics that include policy, economics, historical context, human develo pment and learning, delivery of instruction, and issues involving the accommodation of differences (Aldridge & Goodman, 2002). In addi tion, there is an increasing amount of supportive evidence that substantiates the effectiveness of community-based and after sch ool arts programs (Deasy, 2002a; Heath, 2001; Kay, 2000; Otterb ourg, 2000; Weitz, 1996; Wolf, 2000). The body of literature that is available has been conducted by arts organizations and agencies outside of the school. Furthermore, most of the literatur e embraces an interdisciplinary approach to arts as identified in the following studies. Research Studies The President’s Committee on th e Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the Arts Ed ucation Partnership compiled the research findings of several stud ies targeting the impact of arts education on students as it rela tes to non-traditional settings and methodologies. The publication, Champions of Change, documented


48 these findings. The results of thes e findings provided evidence that students attain higher levels of achievement through engagement in the arts. One relevant stud y was conducted by Shelia Brice Heath, a linguistic anthropolo gist, and Aldema Roach, key researcher, involving the learning of arts during non-school hours (Fiske, 1999, p.20). In the Heath and Roach study, samples were taken from 124 youth based organizations serving economically disadvantaged communities. Urban and rural sites were included as well as midsized cities. Students identified three types of organizations they viewed as effective. These orga nizations were athletic/academic focused, community-service cent ered, and arts based. An important component of this stud y was a comparison of responses of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds participating in youth-based organizations to those surveyed in the National Educational Longit udinal Study of 1988. The NELS ‘88, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, consisted of three ma in sets of observations: 1) involvement in the arts and ac ademic success; 2) music and mathematic achievement; 3) theatr e arts and human development. It should be noted that invo lvement in the arts included participation in arts-related cla sses in and out of school. While


49 there were several comparative di fferences between the NELS ’88 and the Heath & Roach studies, the most significant findings pertained to the fact that the NELS 88’ reported findings to support the relationship between arts involvement and academic achievement, whereas Heath & Roac h demonstrated more specific outcomes of arts involvement such as the strengthening of communication skills, youth/adult in teraction, use of discretionary time, and pro-civic and pro-social values. Another important study was conducted by Barry Oreck, Susan Baum, and Heather McCart ney, researchers from the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, documenting talent development of underserved po pulations of students in three phases of schooling: Elementa ry, Intermediate, and High School/College/Semi-Professional & Professional (1999, p.64). This provided evidence of the impact of serious arts involvement over extended periods of time and the e ffects of such involvement on the talent, educational, and personal development of economically disadvantaged students. Students were sampled from 400 students of the New York City Public Schools, currently pa rticipating in the Young Talent Program provided by the Arts Connection. Offerings included introductory experience and advanced instruction in dance, music,


50 and theatre. Some of the distin guishable features of the Young Talent Program were staff deve lopment workshops for classroom teachers, after-school assistance fo r students in academic areas, and the leadership of a site coordi nator. The latter’s responsibilities included maintaining contacts with teacher and parents; supervising the school programs (performance s); and, providing information about instructional opportunities. Of the 400 students, 23 students were selected for this longitudinal multiple case study with data collected over the course of a two year period. Methodology included interview s, field observations, and a systematic collection of standard ized achievement test scores and progress evaluations. Results of the study helped researchers identify interrelated factors and outcomes affecting talent development. In instances where students encountered obstacles, whether family circumstances, lack of instructional opportunities, peer pressure, and harsh realities of future endeavors, there were equitable success factors that serve d as a counterbalance: family support (family sacrifice, extend ed family); instruction (talent identification, professional instru ctors/role models, professional environment); community support (a dult supervision, peer group, school support); and personal characteristics (early interest, cultural values, sense of profe ssionalism). Such factors were


51 fostered by learning environm ents that nurtured artistic development and strengthened it th rough the collaborative process. One other study mentioned in Champions of Change was conducted by a Professor of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, James Ca ttrell (1999, p.48). Cattrell and his colleagues reported findings describing the impact of collaboration and partnering of loca l artists and arts agencies with local schools. The CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnership in Education) was founded in 1992 to aid arts pr ograms in the Chicago Public Schools. With assessment playin g a major role in the program’s funding, the NCREL (North Cent ral Regional Laboratory) was contracted to provide evaluative services via interim reports and one final report. Much of the data collected by NCREL was to inform future planning, gauge the extent of the program on the participants and school/community constituents, and measure school/community based support. The representation of this data took the form of student achievement scores in reading and mathematics. Instruments used were the ITBS Te st (Iowa Test of Basic Skills), IGAP Test (Illinois Goals Assessment Programs), as well as teacher and student surveys.


52 Furthermore, a certain portion of the data collected was to compare CAPE schools and non CA PE schools that were socioeconomically equivalent. Results of the study were categorized in four areas: Impact on the Classr oom; Impact on the Teachers and Artists; Impact on Students; and the Degree of Support from School and Community-Based Groups. Significant findings were reported in student achievement in reading and mathematics at the elementary and high school levels and the support of the arts integrated programs by the school and community. The NCREL report concluded that the CAPE project was instrumental in: the positive change of the school c limate; gaining the principal’s support; getting teacher and artists to collaborate especially with regards to co-planning; and changing teacher’s perception of artsintegrated curriculum and its benefi ts in the learning, attitudinal, and social development of children. Other studies yielded valuable in sights as to early explorative and alternative models of school and community partnerships such as the development of cultural enrichment programs (Okaloosa County Board, 1970); the need for the arts in the local community in conjunction with the Fine Arts Association (Ackroyd,1989); and the localization of institutional re sources to build upon cultural heritage (Payne, 2000).


53 Models of Successful Partnerships The research revealed a pletho ra of collaborative programs that bridge schools and local comm unities together in artistic learning experiences. The relative size and varying cultural needs of a given community apparently affect the depth and breadth of the range of services that a prog ram provides. While the primary focus of this research has been de dicated to the review of literature and identifying models of educationa l partnerships in music, a vast majority of the programs have inco rporated the arts as a means of enhancing academic performance in subject areas such as reading and mathematics or the use of the arts as after-school enrichment. However, there are a number of mo dels which lend themselves to comprehensive integrated musical experiences such as AGE (Remer, 1990, p.200), ArtsConnection (Remer, 1996, p.126 ), 21st Century Community Learning Centers ( Otterbourg, 2000, p.3), and the Boston Music Education Colla borative (Myers, 1996, p.47). To begin, it is necessary to estab lish a referential framework from which these models were selected based on philosophy, theory, and practical application. First, the philosophical undertones of each the above programs were derived from a cl assical approach to education similar to that of Adler’s Paideia Program Adler made a strong


54 case for school reform in the area s of restructuring perceptions and the individual learner, as in the ca se of the models listed above. He suggested that there are several mi sunderstandings that affect our efforts to school a whole population for life in a democratic society that need to be corrected. First, is the error of supposing that only, not all, of children are educable and that only some, not all, have a human right to aspire to become truly educated human beings in the course of their lives … Second, is the error of thinking that the process of education takes place and reaches completion in our educational institutions during the years of basic schooling and in advanced sch ooling after that … Third, is the error of regarding teache rs as the sole, primary, or principal cause of the learning that occurs in students … Fourth, is the error of assumi ng that there is only one kind of teaching that consists in teacher lecturing or telling and the students learning what they hear said or find in textbook assignme nts … Fifth, is the error of maintaining that schooling, basic or advanced, is primarily preparation for earn ing a living. (Adler, 1984, p.4) Again, the effort here is not to prescribe a panacea to remedy the challenges facing our nation’s public school system. Rather,


55 program models that ascribe to ph ilosophical principles similar to the Paideia Program are cited as effe ctive in aligning arts education with realistic goals of the in dividual learner without being compartmentalized by preconceived expectations or pre-delivered outcomes. Like Paideia, these models have sought alternative ways for addressing what is to be learne d, why it is to be learned, and how it is to be learned. Adler inferred that the “what is to be learned” can be categorized into three areas 1) ki nds of knowledge to acquired; 2) the skills to be developed; 3) understanding and insight to be achieved (7). The “why it is to be learned” responds to three objectives of basic schooling: earn ing a living, being a good citizen, and living a full life. Finally, the “how it is to be learned” manifests itself through three modes of instru ction: Didactic teaching (lecture, textbook assignments, etc.); Coaching (exercises, supervised practice, etc.); and Socratic te aching (seminar questioning, discussion, active participation). The latter of these instructional modes, according to Adler, provides the most durability. On average, little time or reso urces within the school can be devoted to the development of learning experiences that are conducive to the coaching and Socratic modes of delivery. Instances where these modes are evident are few and far between,


56 with the exception of arts educat ion, in which they are a natural occurrence. Consequently, it is wi thin such contexts that engaging activities with community partne rs can provide opportunities to bridge educational gaps created by programming deficiencies and can generate favorable outcom es for both the school and community. Mary Palmer, professor and director of innovative learning at the University of Central Florida, identified possible outcomes when involving community resources in the school music program such as: enrichment of programs through opportunities and experiences that otherwise would not be available enrichment of the community through opportunity for its members to serve one another increased support for music programs the joy of successful collaboration opportunities for students to give back to others financial support for programs and ideas that might not have been possible otherwise. (Palmer, 1997, p.63) Another aspect considered in th e selection of the programs is the presence of a shared theoretical basis which supports the design of programming and inst ructional activities. Charles


57 Leonhard, a prominent figure in mu sic education and arts advocacy, postulated a theoretical design for a contemporary music program embracing engagement between the school and the community (Leonhard, 1980a, p.6). Leonhard felt that today’s music programs need to be updated to reflect a more contemporary approach to music education. To achieve this, change must occur in three main areas: 1) reshaping the general music program at the elementary, middle, and high school levels; 2) initiating a program of arts and aesthetic education in the middle/junior high school through active participation, production of, and st udying of a variety of exemplars in each art; 3) extending the music program to the community, which is of particular interest. He alluded to the fact that pl anning for a contemporary music education program involved cons ideration of factors such as reduction in the number of school-aged children and young people, the increase of the median age of the U.S. population, and trends in the availability of future funding. This combination of factors…means that the time has come to broaden the clientele for the music program to include young adults, people of middle age, an d senior citizens. This must be accompanied by a comparable broadening of the base of financial support to include not only the school districts, but


58 also city, townships and count y governments, arts councils, park districts and recreation commissions in cooperative sponsorship of a comprehensiv e music program designed to appeal to the musical interest and aspiration of the total program. (1980a, p.8) Other characteristics of such a pr ogram encompassing a multi-aged constituency include a variety of performing ensembles, class instruction using an array of in struments, and financial support channeled through school district s and appropriate government agencies. A network of facilitie s would serve as educational and performance sites including school buildings, community centers, arts centers, senior citizen centers, etc. Teachers would serve both the school and the community with partial appointments between the school district and the partneri ng community agency. Finally, a director would coordinate and administer programs with joint agency authority and responsibility. Leonhard concluded that there are number of advantages to a prog ram design of this nature such as, the total community having access to music instruction and enriched experiences through performance, study, and literacy.


59 the school is being enabled to have full quota of skilled music specialists (1980a, p.9). Ambitious as this may seem, many of the selected models share similar attributes of the Leonhard’s paradigm, which warrants further exploration and could possi bly serve as a basis for future research especially in the area of music education as it relates to lifelong learning. Lastly, practical application provided a definitive component in the selection of model programs. While much of the discussion has been aimed toward referencing mo dels according to attributable qualities, practical application take s a closer examination as to the scope and impact of these prog rams on the host school, the community, and the school district. In 1999, the President’s Comm ittee on the Arts and the Humanities along with the AEP published a report entitled, “ Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education ”. The report offered strong support with detailed descriptions of ninety one school di stricts that included strong arts education programs. It described data that covered a range of topics, including student performanc e, breadth and depth of arts education offerings, staffing, access, innovation, community involvement, resources, leadership and the use of guidelines such


60 as local, state, or national st andards (President’s Committee, 1999, p.7). Critical success factors were identified that contributed to the achievement of district-wide arts education which included: The Community The School Board The Superintendent Continuity District Arts Coordinator Cadre of Principals Teacher as Artist Parent/ Public Relations An Elementary Foundation Opportunities for Higher Levels of Achievement National, State, and Other Outside Forces Planning Continuous Improvement (1999, p.11) With regard to community engage ment, district interaction was displayed in the following areas: active parent and community involvement in school arts prog rams; interdisciplinary teams involving arts specialists in the development of curricula; arts faculty involvement in community ar ts events; artist residencies; and student exhibition and performances for community audiences.


61 Many of the programs to be de scribed in the following section involve several of the nation’s school districts featured in the report, whether referred to explic itly or implicitly. The factors outlined provide a gauge for valid practice in arts education and indicate that school and community collaborations in the arts can influence the practices of local school districts. The following model descripti ons include information about the program inception, collaborati ng partners, program design and goals, and distinguishable components. AGE (Arts in General Education) The Arts in General Education program began in 1972 involving the collaboration of th e New York City Public School’s Learning Cooperative and the JDR 3rd Fund’s Arts in Education Program. It was designed to be an Urban Resource Linkage Prototype that would help create wa ys for teachers to use historic sites and the resources of financial, business, and cultural institutions. Project expansion in cluded 32 schools in the “League of Cities” based in Hartford, Li ttle Rock, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, and Winston Salem. Othe r aliases are Arts for Learning, Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC), and Arts in Basic Education. The goals of this program are long range with aims to unite local school governance with a compre hensive developmental program


62 that offers first rate regular sch ool and community-based teaching and learning experiences in all the arts for all children, K-12. There is a school selection process and th e arts curriculum is a disciplinary and an interdisciplinary continuum designed and taught by resident arts specialists, classroom teachers, resident visiting artists, and interdisciplinary teams. Because pa rticipation in the AGE program is voluntary, each school, school dist rict, local arts and cultural institutions and the community ha ve to make a strong commitment to the philosophy and purpose of the program. The AGE model is unique in that is demonstrates th e impact arts education can have on a school system dedicated to school development and comprehensive arts education programs. ArtsConnection Founded in 1979 by the collaborative efforts of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Dept. of Youth Services and the NYC Board of Education, this prog ram was created in response to the financial cutbacks in New York City arts program. The aims of ArtsConnection, a no n-profit organization, are to: 1) identify and provide sustained nurturing to at-risk children with artistic potential to help them su cceed in and outside of school; 2) to develop teacher confidence and competence in the arts; 3) to involve parents and the community; 4) to have an impact on the


63 total school climate, to document th e process, and to distribute the results widely, both locally and nationally. Through the arts exposure programs, students are offered extended, deepened arts instruction through new thematic program designs that place increasing emphasis on collabora tive planning, interdisciplinary teaching, learning among artists and teacher, teacher-artistArtsConnection staff training—ref erred to as arts connectors, improved curriculum resource ma terials, student assessment and program evaluation, and parent -family support activities. One of its featured programs, si nce its inception, is the Young Talent Program which offered, and still offers today, nontraditional training and development in the va rious art forms. Teachers are trained to identify talent and pote ntial in the most unlikely students via a lengthy auditioning process. Other distinguishable features associated with the ArtsConnect ion program are the identified student outcomes in the areas of: Flow, Self-Regulation, SelfIdentity, and Resilience. ArtsConne ction is an example of how arts partnerships strengthen the learni ng process for students who are considered at-risk and help to re inforce relationships between the schools, parents, communities, and local arts organizations that share in the development and grow th of the students living in under-served or impoverished neighborhoods.


64 21st Century Community Learning Centers With a new wave of research in the area of after-school learning experiences (Campbell, 2001; After School Protocol Task Force, 2000; U.S. Dept. of Education, 2000), the federal government made funds available to support President’s Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” Act with the 21st Century Community Learning Center as a key component. Each Community Learning Center provides children with access to homework centers, inte nsive mentoring in basic skills, drug & violence prevention, counse ling, help for preparing to take college prep courses, academic -artistic-cultural enrichment activities, technology education pr ograms, and services relating to disabilities. Some of the innovati ve projects with arts emphasis supported by the CCLC include th e Young Curator Project and the Mars Millennium Project. The Young Curator Project based in Ogden, Kansas, involved the collaboration of the Kansas State University’s Beach Museum of Ar t and a local middle school where sixth graders created a public exhibition. The Mars Millennium Project partnering the W.T. Neal Civic Center and the Blountstown Middle School (Calhoun County, Florida), combined science, the arts, and technology in a creati ve way challenging students to design a human community for the planet Mars. 21st Century


65 Learning Centers illustrate the vari ety of creative ways schools and local communities can support learning experiences in the arts during and after regular school day. CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnership in Education) CAPE, founded in 1992, was a si x year project consisting of a cluster of twelve neighborhood-b ased partnerships between fiftythree professional arts organizati ons, thirty-seven public schools, and twenty-seven community organizations. Each cluster was made up of approximately four ar ts organizations, three schools, and two community organizations. The goal of the partnership was summed up by CAPE Executiv e Director, Arnold Aprill: For CAPE, partnerships are not about ‘bringing the arts to the school’. Partnerships are bridges for bringing falsely separated partners back into conversation. A successful partnership helps integrate the artist, the teacher, and parent, in each one of us, so th at all of our children grow up in a world with possibilities, know that they are whole and ready to make choices we canno t even imagine. (Aprill, 1996, p.139) This six year project was divided into two distinctive phases: planning and implementation. Implementation plans were developed after the first year an d evaluated based on qualitative


66 criteria including sequential in struction within comprehensive programs; recognition and support of the central roles of both classroom teachers and in-school arts specialists; curriculum integration that maintains artistic integrity; in-service training for artists on work in educational setti ngs; training for educators in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts; on-going planning; parent inclusion; assessment built into in struction, and the teaching of African, Latino, Asian, and Native American arts in equal status to European-dominant art forms. Implementation, the second phas e of the project, took place over the next five years with vigorous commitment to secure funding and the integrity of the collaborative relationship. CAPE continues to serve as a model of successful integration of artistic resources within and outside th e school and demonstrates how bridging curriculum objectives ca n prove instrumental in school improvement. Boston Music Education Collaborative Orchestra partnerships have long served as vehicles for the school music programs promoting community outreach. However, the scope and magnitude of musica l experiences vary from school to school. In 1995, Georgia State University, led by David Myers and funded by the NEA, conducted a study called The Orchestra


67 Education Project that examined orchestra education partnerships. Data collected ranged from lite rature review, surveys, telephone interviews, site visits, and regional meetings. Findings were reported in the areas of: number of K12 programs and their target po pulation; education committees; program goals and objectives; formal ized partnerships; professional consultants; financial support and program administration; and program effectiveness. While a la rge percentage of the orchestras worked collaboratively with schools and school districts, it was only to the extent of scheduling, fundin g, and transportation logistics. However, there were nine partners hips profiled in the study that satisfied the partnership profile crit eria: 1) Evidence of an ongoing and systematic relationship between an orchestra and local schools; 2) Inclusion of structured professional development for teachers that supported the implementation of curriculum materials; and 3) Evidence of broad-based support from both the orchestra and the schools. Of the nine, one partners hip characterized an integrated approach to musical learning experiences with extensions to an institute of higher learning. The Boston Music Education Co llaborative (BMEC) began in 1993 as a partnership between the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory, the WGBH Educational Foundation


68 (public broadcasting), and the Bost on Public School s. The work of the BMEC was driven by ten benc hmarks or ‘measures for school implementation’: Music Instruction Professional enrichment and sustained networking Transformation of the to tal curricula experiences Contact with professional musicians Community building/pa rental involvement Student self-assessment Events at the BSO, WGBH te levision & radio stations and the NEC Special mentoring and career activities for middle school students Continuation of the experien ce outside the school year Ongoing program assessment Some innovative aspects of th e planning and implementation included: curriculum design teams (teacher and consultants) that develop curriculum resource packag es; grade specific resources; supporting interaction between music specialists and classroom teachers; use of NEC student aids who serve as technical assistants in the classroom with responsib ilities that include instrument demonstrations, petting zoos and instrumental lessons for middle


69 school students. Within BMEC wa s also the Godparent Program, which created another opportunity for individual mu sicians of the BSO to adopt a partner school, shar ing activities that range from instrument demonstrations to stud ent compositions. Overall, the BMEC demonstrates the collective benefits of developing collaborative partnerships between the public schools system, universities, and community arts organizations. The five innovative models cite d in this research demonstrate the wide range of approaches to school and community engagement through music and arts learning experiences. Each model reflects the varying possibilities and benefits to be gained from purposeful engagement and o ffers insight as to a number of ways arts educators can build up on existing arts curriculum.


70 Chapter Five Conclusion The purpose of the investigatio n was to examine the role of music education within the commu nity as it pertained to the assessment of community needs an d policy reform. The literature reviewed was divided into three ma in areas: Music Education in the Community; Arts Education in the Community; and Trends in Research. The literature suggested that th e role of the music education has changed since its first inclusion into the schools. This was attributed to changing social dyna mics that shaped the relationship of the school music program and th e community, such as increased leisure time, technological advancement, and the absence of community leadership assumed by the music educator. Other aspects were characteristic of th e evolving needs and resources of the schools and the communities. This study revealed that historical viewpoints, community perception and arts education policy have had a tremendous impact on what is considered arts education in America. The literature provided ev idence that arts education policy


71 strongly influences the curricular objectives and practice of the schools with only marginal inferenc es to community involvement or outreach. Thus, much of what re presents arts education in the community has been largely support ed by arts organizations. The literature also suggested that partnerships and collaborations between the schools and community constituents will serve as a hallmark for future educational reform. Trends in research indicated th at formal music programs that engage the community can be successfully created. However, the results of this study were inconclu sive as to the extent to which school-based and community-based musical instruction can be linked because much of the research up to this point has represented the arts as an integrated component. The five models of successful partnership cited in this research provided evidence that arts education can have an extensive impact on a school system dedicated to school development and comprehensive ar ts education programs. Arts education programs that have full ‘buy in’ from their local school governance often attract national interest and depending on the cohesiveness of the collaborative design, can be duplicated in other states.


72 Secondly, arts partnerships st rengthen the learning process for students who are considered at-risk and help to reinforce relationships between the schools, parents, communities, and local arts organizations that share in the development and growth of the students living in under-served or impoverished neighborhoods. Learning in the arts has been attributed to positive student outcomes in the areas of flow, se lf-regulation, self-identity, and resiliency. Thirdly, there are a variety of creative ways schools and local communities can support learning experiences in the arts during and after the regular school day. Fo r example, the lengthened time frame for instruction provides stud ents with more opportunities for exploration and skill development in varying art forms while maximizing the use of facilities an d resources between collaborating entities. Additionally, successful integratio n of artistic resources within and outside the school can be achi eved. The bridging of curriculum objectives accompanied with a strong commitment to the collaborative process can prove instrumental in school improvement. Finally, there are collective benefits of developing collaborative partnerships between the public schools system,


73 universities, and community arts organizations. Some of these benefits included changing atti tudes to awareness and openness; sharing of institutional agendas to broaden educational mission; development of fully staffed musi c and arts education programs; and closer community connection. One of the greatest challeng es for music educators in the years to come will be transformation and change in perceived roles. Music educators will need to redefine personal philosophy and practice to ensure that the school music program is in alignment with the needs of the school and the surrounding community. Community engagement functioning in the scope of a comprehensive music program will be contingent upon unified beliefs and a commitment to the education of the ‘whole child’ by those within and outside of the school. Implications for Future Research For the field of music education, there are many unanswered questions in the area of communi ty engagement. For instance, while there is a substantial amount of literature that supports the development of music skills in the classroom; research pertaining to the effect of length and usage of time in the music classroom on skill acquisition and development is sparse.


74 As we look for ways to expand school music programs to include community engagement, how can music educator and community constituents make efficient use of time and set realistic goals within that time? What is the effectiveness of traditional approaches to musical learning in nontraditional settings? How does environment affect musical lear ning? What is the impact of continuous study music via group instruction? Short term (after school)? Long term (lifelong learning models)? What is the effect of sustained interaction with community based partners on the music program in areas such as au dience development, school improvement, student achievement, teacher turn-over and parental involvement? Furthermore, can mu sic educators transition into active roles within the school’s surrounding community and, if so, how and to what degree? Can mu sic educators create wholesome avenues of opportunities, within the context of the school music program, for amateur musicians? Lastly, what would be the effects of community engagement, with an emphasis toward lifelong learning, on audience development efforts by schools, universities, and professional arts organizations? The implications of such re search would have a profound effect on the field of music educ ation especially in the areas of curriculum development and implementation and arts education


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