ERIC Number: ED157825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: N/A
Twelve Years of Acoustical Research. American School Band Directors' Association, Research Committee Reports for the 17th Annual Convention, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1969.
American School Band Directors Association, Newark, OH.
The guide, one in a series of committee reports relating to school band performance, organization, and equipment needs, discusses acoustical problems inherent to the clarinet. The report is presented in five sections. Section I summarizes findings of an American School Band Directors' Association (ASBDA) clarinet testing committee. A major finding was that all clarinets follow a consistent intonation pattern. Section II summarizes ASBDA committee findings regarding clarinet mouthpieces. On the basis of tests of 78 mouthpieces, the committee recommended that manufacturers agree to an identification system for pitch levels. Section III presents a list of tuning practices followed by clarinetists. Section IV examines mouthpiece pitch characteristics, including tone quality, ease of blowing, articulation, and staccato control. Section V presents conclusions. These include that music teachers should recommend mouthpieces to students and that mouthpieces which play flat as well as sharp are necessary for good intonation in a band section. The appendix presents graphs illustrating differences among clarinet mouthpieces; a tuning and warm-up standard form; and a list of clarinet mouthpieces by brand name, number, pitch characteristic, and average pitch level. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American School Band Directors Association, Newark, OH.