ERIC Number: ED332449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec-19
Reference Count: 0
Postsecondary Musical Independence and Related High School/College Experiences.
Bobbett, Gordon C.; Dorothy, Wayne F.
This study evaluated the relationship between musical independence and: students' gender; home environment; high school and college academic and musical experiences; and college instrumental organization, major, and instrument. The study also evaluated students' opinions regarding attrition in music education and evaluated the spectrum of musical skills from moderate to advanced musical independence. Ball State University band students (N=153) were administered the Instructional Student College Survey and Colwell's Music Achievement Test 3. The study's findings included: (1) musical independence is developed by participating in numerous and varied high school ensembles and/or musical activities; (2) musically independent students practiced more, took more music lessons, participated in more recitals, earned higher Scholastic Achievement Test scores, and attended more classical concerts; (3) quantitative and qualitative practice time is related to musical growth; (4) musical independence is enhanced by some academic/family indicators; (5) acquiring and developing musical independence consists of four areas--native intellectual skills, musical experiences, time on task, and effective study habits; and (6) playing woodwind and brass instruments contributes more to developing musical independence than playing percussion instruments. (Includes five references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bands (Music), College Students, Family Environment, High Schools, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Music Activities, Music Appreciation, Music Techniques, Musical Instruments, Predictor Variables, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Talent, Time on Task
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Band Association (Chicago, IL, December 19, 1990).