ERIC Number: ED031507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Values of Original Composition in the Training of Public School Music Teachers. Final Report.
This study tested the following hypothesis: that the study of original music composition confers benefits on the college music student which he would not ordinarily receive from the undergraduate music program, and that such study would therefore be a valuable addition to a music curriculum. Seven participants at a 3-week workshop in composition held at Kansas State Teachers College in the summer of 1968 took part in a brief, intensive composition course at a level commensurate with their ability and experience. Their completed works were performed by competent players and discussed by the workshop director, the students, and two composers. Evaluation sessions about the values of the composition study were held at the end of the workshop, and the following February, each participant completed a questionnaire rating his own growth, as a result of the workshop, in 10 specified musical areas. These discussions and questionnaire replies supported the original hypothesis, especially in the areas of understanding the essential nature of music and the creative process. Opinion was divided on making composition a requirement in the music curriculum: some participants recommended removing present requirements to accomodate a composition course, while others felt the course should remain optional. (Author/LH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Teachers Coll., Emporia.