Music Education Data

The Music Education Data chart contains statewide totals for public school student enrollments and teacher assignments in selected music courses. The data is from the Basic Education Data System (BEDS) annually reported by teachers and administrators across New York State.  Music Education personnel in the State Education Department have received the yearly reports and compiled this chart to show trends in music enrollments and teaching assignments across the years.  The current chart covers a time period of over thirty years from the 1975-76 school year until the 2007-08 school year.

Please note in the fall of 2001 some BEDS assignment codes were updated or eliminated based on the recommendations of a group of music educators from the New York State School Music Association. For example, courses with Junior High titles were changed to Middle/Jr. High School to be more reflective of Department priorities and educational trends.  Elimination of some course titles, such as Individual Instruction, resulted in clearer reporting by music teachers and a fuller utilization of the Instrumental Lesson Group or Vocal Lesson Group categories.

Viewers may note some current trends:

MUSIC EDUCATION DATA
(Selective)
New York State Education Department
Source: Office of Information and Reporting Services

  75-76 85-86 95-96 06-07 07-08
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Elementary Music (K-6) 872,953 2,706 759,153 2,530 916,288 3,024 912,646 3,272 891,471 3,262
General Music (Gr. 7) 91,788 1,321 67,258 1,205 57,139 1,079 46,698 986 43,383 941
General Music (Gr. 8) 73,838 1,137 47,745 944 32,934 721 31,174 699 28,753 646
Music In Our Lives         14,827 315 11,410 297 12,762 302
Independent Study - Music     510 39 617 69 531 72 421 67
Music Theory I 6,050 418 4,749 356 5,653 400 8,831 465 8,446 462
Music Theory II     985 113 1,236 140 1,454 129 1,241 131
Music Theory III         201 15 344 27 449 36
Comprehensive Foundations 1,270 83 982 54 1,135 54 3,006 69 3,468 71
AP Musc Theory         238 29 1,162 106 1,067 102
Guitar 10,640 301 4,016 167 2,168 71 4,145 126 4,815 127
Electronic Music 1,224 50 716 37 639 32 1,968 72 2,077 76
Music for Special Learners 3,860 89 2,746 152 5,091 248 3,662 233 3,547 213
Elementary Band 47,040 769 61,977 902 93,024 1,043 98,132 1,141 96,236 1,152
Middle/Jr. High Concert Band 59,130 843 57,773 862 73,753 911 83,207 1,062 82,654 1,077
Senior High Concert Band 45,643 777 44,239 767 47,543 757 57,956 842 58,525 881
Senior High Marching Band 20,977 261 19,307 225 14,579 166 15,126 180 14,068 167
Senior High Jazz Band 6,212 299 7,380 334 6,460 293 8,056 339 7,808 336
Elementary Orchestra 13,942 281 16,293 306 23,003 355 37,787 467 36,594 474
Middle/Jr. High Orchestra 8,920 228 10,767 255 15,329 284 28,059 399 28,877 408
Senior High String Orchestra         7,009 188 11,892 270 12,549 272
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Senior High Orchestra 9,547 231 3,743 152 7,801 132 9,154 145 8,444 135
Instrumental Lesson Groups 163,439 2,038 157,762 1,911 187,432 1,955 241,461 2,735 243,932 2,758
Individual Instruction 41,772 625 40,147 592 44,202 563 [Note: see above] [Note: see above]
Elementary Chrous 51,106 582 76,119 779 119,881 1,073 112,645 1,077 111,428 1,087
Middle/Jr. High Chorus 85,266 951 75,321 850 88,232 967 95,140 957 91,193 968
Senior High Chorus 39,818 689 37,561 691 45,049 715 52,501 767 50,412 771
Jazz Vocal Ensemble (Sr.) 708 35 1,599 78 1,599 72 1,805 86 1,675 79
Vocal Lesson Groups 10,946 229 13,381 279 18,462 287 38,971 561 40,245 595
Conventional Piano Class 1,190 57 1,473 56 253 16 1,062 40 899 106
Electronic Piano Class 1,453 46 3,523 80 4,186 83 3,739 99 4,247 106
Studio Art/MIOL         5,306 78 6,583 94 6,792 95
 
Music Teachers                    
State Excluding NYC   5,840   5,297   5,733   6,490   6,521
New York City   1,002   1,090   962   1,109   1,087
Statewide   6,842   6,387   6,695   7,599   7,608
 
Music Students                    
State Excluding NYC 1,572,369   1,369,985   1,661,267   1,761,903   1,738,458  
New York City 209,686   237,330   245,830   218,786   210,179  
Statewide 1,782,055   1,607,315   1,907,097   1,980,690   1,948,637  
 
Supervisory Personnel                    
State Excluding NYC   226   240   221   217   215
New York City   88   35   17   13   15
Statewide   354   275   238   230   230
 
Total Student Enrollment 3,406,015   2,584,270   2,756,467*   2,741,258*   2,683,422*  

Prepared by: Edward S. Marschilok, Ph.D.

Supervisor of Education Programs

*Public Only Excluding BOCES