Texas community college music appreciation courses, online and traditional
Marylyn Riley Wright, Texas A&M University - Commerce, United States
Texas A&M University - Commerce . Awarded
The primary purpose of this study was to determine if significant differences existed between online and face-to-face Texas music appreciation students concerning student satisfaction of course design, student-peer interaction, and student-instructor interaction. Other purposes included a comparison of the characteristics of online and face-to-face music appreciation students, determining why students chose to enroll in online or face-to-face music appreciation courses, and identifying the most helpful means of communication between students and their instructors. Additional purposes relating to instruction were determining the course objectives perceived by students to be the most influential in promoting a lifetime appreciation of music, determining the genres of live music performances attended by traditional and online students as part of the course requirements for music appreciation, and determining the needs for course improvement as perceived by community college music appreciation students.
A 5-part, 30 question survey was collected from 64 online and 8l face-to-face music appreciation students from four Texas community colleges located in cities representing small to large populations. The survey questions consisted of demographic information, Likert-type ratings, and open-ended, qualitative questions.
Hypothesis 1 was analyzed by an independent-samples t test. Hypotheses 2 and 3 were tested with a nonparametric Mann-Whitney U test. Six open-ended research questions utilized descriptive statistics, cross tabulations, classification, and categorization. Statistical analyses were stated in narrative and table formats.
The findings of the study indicated that more than half of the students had no regular interaction or collaboration with their peers and no out-of-class communication with their instructors. E-mail was the most helpful out-of-class communication with their instructors. Students enrolled in music appreciation for the visual and performing arts requirement of the associate degree. The historical aspect of music and learning to understand music reading were listed by students as course objectives that contributed to their lifetime appreciation of music. Half of the respondents reported that concerts on their campuses were attended as a course requirement for music appreciation, but a third reported that live concerts were not required for the online students. Overall, students were very satisfied with music appreciation courses. The study includes findings, conclusions, implications, and recommendations for further study.
Wright, M.R. Texas community college music appreciation courses, online and traditional. Ph.D. thesis, Texas A&M University - Commerce.
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