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Table 11. Among public elementary schools that offered various kinds of music instruction, percent and standard error reporting that 75 percent or more of the students were enrolled in the program, by the earliest grade at which the instruction was offered and school characteristics: School year 200809
 
Earliest grade offered
instruction and school
characteristic
General music1 Chorus2 Band3 Strings/orchestra4 Other music subjects5
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
                     
All public elementary schools 96 (0.7) 27 (2.5) 7 (1.6) 5! (1.3) 34 (6.7)
                     
Earliest grade offered                    
Second and under 97 (0.6) 62 (4.8) (†) (†) 55! (16.9)
Third and fourth 87 (4.9) 20 (2.8) 6! (2.0) 4! (1.4) 29 (8.4)
Fifth and higher 75 (11.6) 16 (3.8) 8 (2.1) (†) (†)
Enrollment size                    
Less than 300 95 (2.0) 34 (7.6) 14 (4.2) (†) 49! (22.4)
300 to 499 97 (0.8) 33 (3.4) 4! (1.4) (†) 44 (12.5)
500 or more 96 (0.8) 20 (2.5) 5! (1.8) 6! (2.0) 18! (8.6)
Community type                    
City 95 (1.5) 26 (3.8) (†) 5! (2.1) 35! (13.5)
Suburban 95 (1.6) 26 (3.1) (1.4) 4! (1.6) 31! (10.7)
Town 97 (1.3) 28 (6.5) (†) (†) (†)
Rural 98 (1.0) 30 (5.1) 16 (3.7) (†) 38! (15.5)
Region                    
Northeast 95 (1.8) 35 (4.6) 6 (1.7) (†) (†)
Southeast 97 (1.2) 19 (4.1) (†) 13! (5.5) (†)
Central 98 (0.9) 26 (4.6) 6! (2.4) (†) 46! (16.9)
West 94 (1.6) 29 (4.7) 11! (3.6) 5! (2.3) 37! (11.8)
Percent combined
enrollment of Black and
other races/ethnicities
6
                   
Less than 6 percent 98 (1.5) 35 (6.6) 13 (3.7) (†) (†)
6 to 20 percent 98 (1.0) 31 (5.8) (†) (†) (†)
21 to 49 percent 98 (1.0) 27 (4.9) (†) (†) 31! (13.3)
50 percent or more 93 (2.0) 21 (3.5) 7! (2.6) 7! (2.6) 33! (10.2)
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch
                   
0 to 25 percent 97 (1.5) 36 (5.0) 8! (2.7) (†) 36! (16.1)
26 to 50 percent 99 (0.7) 29 (5.2) 9! (3.0) (†) 47 (13.7)
51 to 75 percent 96 (1.1) 22 (3.6) 5! (2.2) 5! (2.6) (†)
76 percent or more 93 (2.1) 22 (4.0) (†) 8! (3.4) 31! (12.6)
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution; the coefficient of variation is greater than or equal to 30 percent.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Percents are based on the 90 percent of public elementary schools that offered instruction in general music in the 2008–09 school year.
2 Percents are based on the 44 percent of public elementary schools that offered instruction in chorus in the 2008–09 school year.
3 Percents are based on the 44 percent of public elementary schools that offered instruction in band in the 2008–09 school year.
4 Percents are based on the 28 percent of public elementary schools that offered instruction in strings/orchestra in the 2008–09 school year.
5 Percents are based on the 6 percent of public elementary schools that offered instruction in other music subjects in the 2008–09 school year.
6 Other races/ethnicities include Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native students.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Elementary School Arts Education Survey: Fall 2009,” FRSS 100, 2009–10.

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