Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Kathy Enger


Socioeconomic Status, Instrumental Music, Minnesota, Education


This study focuses on the correlation between Minnesota schools’ average socioeconomic status through the percentage enrolled in free/reduced lunch and instrumental music enrollment percentages. Additionally, it also looks to see whether providing different instrument provision opportunities to students in these schools correlates with the percentage of students enrolled in their instrumental music programs. Instrumental music enrollment and instrument provision program data were gathered through surveys completed by the directors of their respective programs. While the results of the study did not demonstrate statistical significance due to deviation and small sample size, correlations between instrumental music enrollment and socioeconomic status were found. Schools with higher free/reduced lunch percentages correlated with slightly higher enrollment. This study also found that schools that offer many instrument provision programs such as lease-to-purchase programs through business partnership, advertisement that students can purchase their own instruments, and school rentals average higher instrumental music enrollment percentages than schools that only offer school rentals.

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