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Because music has played a key role in her own life, Madeline Bame, a Gardner-Webb University student from Gastonia, N.C., wanted to find out if music impacts graduation rates in Title I Schools in North Carolina. She conducted her research in the 2018 summer term with a grant from the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. “I chose this topic because I believe that music education is essential for public education,” shared Bame, a junior music education major. “Currently, many music educators feel that their field is devalued, and many music classrooms are experiencing cuts. I have witnessed inspiration and academic motivation resulting from music education, and I want to produce concrete evidence that supports the concept that music education is important for the success of students.”

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Gardner-Webb University


Boiling Springs


Dr. Morgan Soja, GWU Department of Music, GWU Life of the Scholar Multidisciplinary Conference, GWU Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, hypothesis, Madeline Bame, music education, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Title I Schools

GWU Music Education Major Studies the Impact of Music on Graduation Rates in Title I Schools