Carolyn DeLay

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MMUS)



First Advisor

Dr. Stefan Stuber


Adult education has changed in the last 20 years with a marked increase in the number of nontraditional students at the collegiate level. Prior educational research had focused on the traditional student. Research on the nontraditional student has increased as well as the number of nontraditional students on campuses. Though studies on motivation and achievement have been done with traditional students in general education, few have applied to the nontraditional college student. A review of literature has revealed that no research has been done on the relationship of motivation and achievement with nontraditional collegiate music students. The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship of achievement motivation goals to academic performance in traditional and nontraditional college music students.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Music and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Music University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1999 Carolyn DeLay.