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


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

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 to receive correspondence electronically. If you do not
wish to use electronic communication, submit two self-addressed stamped
envelopes to receive information by mail.