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ERIC Number: ED001252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961
Pages: 24
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CREATIVE MUSIC EDUCATION. ORIGINAL COMPOSITION BY STUDENTS.
MATHES, BERNADINE; AND OTHERS
THE GROWTH AND SUCCESS OF AN ORIGINAL COMPOSITION PROJECT DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE CREATIVE WORK IN MUSIC ARE DESCRIBED. THE MAJOR PURPOSE, BEYOND THE COMPOSITION OF SONGS OR INSTRUMENTAL WORKS, WAS THE IMPROVEMENT AND GROWTH OF THE STUDENT SOCIALLY, INTELLECTUALLY, AND CULTURALLY AS WELL AS MUSICALLY. MORE THAN 2,000 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED BY APPLYING THEIR IMAGINATION, ORIGINALITY, AND MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE. THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN THE FIRST GRADE AND EXTENDED TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOL LEVEL. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A VERY FEW GIFTED STUDENTS, A FORMAL THEORY CLASS WAS OF LITTLE VALUE AND SEEMED TO STIFLE CREATIVE THINKING. MOST COMPOSITION WAS DONE WITH LITTLE TEACHING PROCEDURE EXCEPT IN THE AREAS OF MOTIVATION AND GUIDANCE. THE ORIGINAL MUSIC, WHICH WAS COMPOSED BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A CLASS EFFORT, INCLUDED HOLIDAY SONGS, SMALL ENSEMBLE WORKS, INSTRUMENTAL PIECES, SONGS, AND PIANO SOLOS. BASED ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT MUSICAL NOTATION IS MEANINGLESS WITHOUT SOUND, THE SCHOOLS ARRANGED FOR ALL STUDENT COMPOSITIONS TO BE PERFORMED FOR AN AUDIENCE. AS A RESULT OF HIGHLY FAVORABLE REACTIONS OF TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND STUDENTS AS SHOWN ON EVALUATION SURVEYS, THE ORIGINAL COMPOSITION PROJECT WILL BE ENLARGED, ENRICHED, AND CONTINUED IN THE POLK COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM.
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Authoring Institution: Polk County Public Schools, Des Moines, IA.
Identifiers: IOWA