Effects of Stereotypes, Visibility, and Pop Culture on the Recruitment and Retention in the Middle School Orchestra
College of Fine Arts and Communication, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
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This thesis discusses the effects of stereotypes, visibility, and pop culture on the recruitment and retention on a string program. The sixth-grade students at two middle schools in the Fond du Lac School District were surveyed to better understand why or why not they decided to join an ensemble class and their perceptions of string instruments. Mixed methods research was used to get a better understanding of current perceived stereotypes of string instruments and players, the technology usage of a sixth grader, and how visible the music offerings are in the district. Findings revealed the importance of parental support, visibility of existing programs, and the impact that an elementary general music education can have on a student’s interest in music.