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Research Project


Music Education

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This semester I student taught within a School Corporation in Northwest Indiana. I taught at two different elementary schools, School A and School B. Although the curriculum is the same across both schools, the students at each school are different.

School A has a higher income rate and also has lower enrollment for ethnic students.

School B has more students enrolled in the special education program and more students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.

My goal is to figure out if students from both schools will learn the same given the same instruction.

Biographical Sketch

My name is Alyssa Wittman and I am finishing up my fourth and final year at Valparaiso University. During my four tears here I have been working towards a degree in music education. This semester I have been teaching general music at two elementary schools which has been challenging but incredibly rewarding. I have been involved in several of the on campus choirs as well as the professional musical organizations, American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. I have been invovled and held a leadership position in Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduation I plan to move to Kenya to work with orphans.

Research Question(s)

Can students from different socio-economic status’ perform the same?

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