A proposed model of jazz theory knowledge acquisition

Charles R. Ciorba, Brian E. Russell

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The purpose of this study was to test a hypothesized model that proposes a causal relationship between motivation and academic achievement on the acquisition of jazz theory knowledge. A reliability analysis of the latent variables ranged from.92 to.94. Confirmatory factor analyses of the motivation (standardized root mean square residual [SRMR] =.067) and jazz theory (SRMR =.063) measures indicated a good fit of the predicted model to the observed data. Results of the latent path model indicated good fit (χ2 = 20.08, p =.692, df = 24, N = 102) and large, positive, and statistically significant direct effects of motivation (Π= 0.65) and academic achievement (Π= 0.56) on jazz theory knowledge acquisition. The successful identification of this proposed model lends enough support for continued investigation into the process surrounding the acquisition of jazz theory knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-301
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Music Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • academic achievement
  • jazz theory knowledge
  • motivation
  • path analysis
  • theoretical model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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