Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


In recent years arts education programs in schools have been drastically reduced or eliminated due to economic challenges. Underfunded schools are forced to focus on the mandated curriculum. Though it is proven that arts education increases a student’s academic performance it is not funded at the same level components of academia. The Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) assists schools in Monterey County that are suffering from the absence of art education. MJF partners with local schools by providing the necessary resources to ensure the continuance of arts education. This capstone consisted of an evaluation of MJF’s Clinicians in the Schools program hires professional musicians to teach music in the classrooms. The findings suggest that an overwhelming amount of students are satisfied with the Clinicians in the Schools program. Additionally, this evaluation revealed specific correlations between students expressed needs and how it related to their satisfaction of the program.

Included in

Art Education Commons