|Music School Drop Outs
Three of the four highest rated possible reasons for student dropout essentially support findings of previous research; "loss of interest," "scheduling conflicts," and "lack of parental support" apparently are perceived as continuing problems with respect to loss of students in instrumental music programs. However, the reason perceived by directors as the major contributor to student dropout, student "lack of commitment to work," had not emerged in previous research. Apparently this psychological variable, which reflects a strong affective component, dominates the other possible variables, at least from these directors' perspectives.
Obviously, the 19 reasons included in the questionnaire were not discrete, but the nature of the data elicited, which is essentially descriptive, does not allow for examination of relations among the variables or for any cause-and-effect analyses among them. However, "lack of parental support" may be a contributing factor to "...