The Perceived Impact of String Programs on K-12 Music Programs

Joshua A. Russell, Donald L. Hamann

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We examined music teacher perceptions regarding the impact of string programs on overall music programs in K-12 schools. Research questions included: (1) What are the perceived positive and negative program and student outcomes? (2) What are the underlying issues of music teachers’ perceptions about the positive and negative impacts of string programs? (3) How do these underlying issues compare with one another (negative and positive)? and (4) What relationships, if any, exist between fixed factors and the perceptions of the impact of string programs? Questionnaires were sent to all MENC members in two Southwestern MENC states. Data from participants (n = 308) were analyzed using principal components analyses and correlation analyses. A majority of music teachers felt that string programs were beneficial and offered opportunities for student development as well as expanded opportunities within a music program. Concerns included program focus and support, logistical issues, budget concerns, and finding qualified instructors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-66
Number of pages18
JournalString Research Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011


  • music teacher
  • program impact
  • string music education
  • string program
  • string teacher

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music
  • History


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