MENC research proposal

(deadline: JULY 15, 2002)

Overview and Purpose: MENC: The National Association for Music Education
will support a research project for the 2002-03 academic year to study
issues related to the question "To what extent are the Pre-K Opportunity to
Learn Standards being applied in day care and preschool settings in the
United States?"

Issues relating to this topic that are of interest include: staffing -
their preparation and background; curriculum - goals and objectives,
activities, assessment strategies; resources - instruments, recorded
music, repertoire, physical environment; delivery of curriculum - time
devoted to music instruction, music throughout the daily schedule. Other
issues that relate to the main question are welcome.

Budget: A stipend of $4,000 will be awarded to the recipient, to be used at
his or her discretion, but solely in support of the project. An initial
disbursement of $3,000 will be made to the grant recipient. The remaining
$1,000 will be disbursed upon receipt of the final report.

Timeline: The project must be completed between September 2002 and May
2003. A report must be prepared and submitted to the MERC Chair by June 1,
2003. A final report of the research will be published by MENC at its
discretion in the fall of 2003.

Deadline for submission of proposals: July 15, 2002.

Proposal Format:

1.Cover Page (single page):Name of principal investigator
Names of co-investigators
Project title
Academic affiliations of principal investigator
Abstract of the project (not to exceed 50 words)

2.Proposal (not to exceed three pages): Purpose of the project
Description of research procedures
Plan for data analysis
Timeline or schedule for completing the grant

3.Budget

4.Principal investigator's curriculum vitae, not to exceed
three pages.

Decision Process: A review committee of 3 - 4 members of the Music
Education Research Council, as selected by the MERC Chair and the
Chair-Elect, plus the NEB liaison to MERC. Additional reviewers may be
appointed if special expertise is required for adequate review of the
project.

Notification Date: Applicants will be notified of the review committee's
decision by August 15, 2002.

Submission procedure: Send five copies of the entire proposal to Dr.
Alice-Ann Darrow; MEMT Department; 448 Murphy Hall; University of Kansas;
Lawrence, Kansas 66045. Register your submission by sending an e-mail to
aadarrow@ku.edu to receive correspondence electronically. If you do not
wish to use electronic communication, submit two self-addressed stamped
envelopes to receive information by mail.