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ERIC Number: ED313449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 20
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Post-Secondary Programs Musical Independence and Related Academic/Musical Experiences.
Bobbett, Gordon C.
This paper discusses the need for standards for instrumental music students and programs. Standards should be developed within a sound theoretical framework. Bobbett's theoretical framework for college musical students, as illustrated by the hierarchy of musical independence, is discussed; and musical independence is distinguished from musical achievement. Musical independence, composed of a broad variety of skills, is directly related to the amount of assistance needed by the individual or group--the less assistance needed, the higher the musical independence. The musical independence of instrumental band students at a large, postsecondary institution--the University of Tennessee at Knoxville--was evaluated using Colwell's Music Achievement Test 3 (MAT3). Students participating in the wind ensemble (n=51) and campus band (n=73) were evaluated. In addition to the MAT3, demographic questions covering general, high school, and college activity areas were included. Test results indicate that: (1) the MAT3 distinguished between students in the top performing band (wind ensemble) and those in the training band (campus band); (2) all musical skills tested fit logically into the musical independence hierarchy; and (3) musical independence requires many types of musical training and experience, not just cognitive and sensing skills. It appears that the MAT3 can be used not only to measure growth in a secondary program, but to "red flag" programs that are not growing. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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