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Table 138. 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 199899
 
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 94 (1.3) 24 (2.7) 4 ! (1.4) 6 ! (2.2) 29   (5.9)
                           
Earliest grade offered                          
Second and under 97 (0.7) 59 (6.1)   (†)   (†) 45 ! (13.6)
Third and fourth 75 (11.9) 16 (3.5)   (†) 6 ! (2.7) 31   (9.0)
Fifth and higher 55 (15.3) 16 (3.4) 5 ! (1.7)   (†)   (†)
Enrollment size                          
Less than 300 93 (3.8) 28 (6.4)   (†)   (†)   (†)
300 to 499 97 (1.1) 32 (5.0) 5 ! (2.4) 6 ! (2.9)   (†)
500 or more 93 (1.4) 16 (2.6) 2 ! (1.2)   (†) 39   (8.8)
Region                          
Northeast 94 (1.7) 26 (5.5)   (†)   (†) 34 ! (14.7)
Southeast 97 (1.5) 20 (4.4)   (†)   (†) 23 ! (7.9)
Central 97 (1.7) 25 (5.1) 3 ! (1.6)   (†)   (†)
West 90 (2.5) 24 (3.8) 7 ! (3.5)   (†) 45 ! (16.6)
Percent combined enrollment of Black and other races/ethnicities6                          
Less than 6 percent 96 (1.6) 30 (5.9)   (†)   (†)   (†)
6 to 20 percent 94 (2.6) 21 (5.6) 7 ! (3.0)   (†) 36 ! (12.9)
21 to 49 percent 95 (1.9) 26 (6.3)   (†)   (†)   (†)
50 percent or more 93 (2.8) 20 (4.6)   (†)   (†) 41 ! (15.1)
Percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch                          
0 to 25 percent 96 (1.5) 30 (4.7)   (†)   (†) 26 ! (11.5)
26 to 50 percent 94 (2.3) 19 (4.3) 7 ! (2.8)   (†) 29 ! (10.9)
51 to 75 percent 94 (2.1) 21 (5.6)   (†)   (†)   (†)
76 percent or more 93 (2.7) 25 (5.7)   (†)   (†) 44 ! (21.6)
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution; the coefficient of variation is greater than or equal to 30 percent.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Based on the 92 percent of schools that offered instruction in general music in the 1998–99 school year.
2 Based on the 52 percent of schools that offered instruction in chorus in the 1998–99 school year.
3 Based on the 48 percent of schools that offered instruction in band in the 1998–99 school year.
4 Based on the 28 percent of schools that offered instruction in strings/orchestra in the 1998–99 school year.
5 Based on the 8 percent of schools that offered instruction in other music subjects in the 1998–99 school year.
6 Other races/ethnicities include Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.
NOTE: The data presented in this table may differ from previously published information because missing data from the 1999–2000 surveys were imputed for analysis in this report.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Elementary School Arts Education Survey: Fall 1999,” FRSS 67E, 1999–2000.

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