The Status of Inclusive Education in Maryland School Band and Orchestra Programs
Shelfo, Kerri Lynn
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The purpose of this study was to determine the status of inclusion in instrumental music programs in Maryland public schools and the attitudes of instrumental music teachers towards the inclusion of students with disabilities into their instrumental music programs. Participants (N = 214) completed an online survey which assessed the representation of disabilities in instrumental music classes, teacher preparation, inclusion practices and teacher attitudes. Data revealed poor representation of students with mental retardation in instrumental music classes, discrepancies in the implementation of inclusion, and conflicting teacher attitudes toward inclusion and specific disabilities. These data will be discussed in light of national statistics on inclusive education and the manner in which they might impact instrumental music programs.