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ERIC Number: ED360204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Orchestra Festival Evaluations: Interjudge Agreement and Relationships between Performance Categories and Final Ratings.
Garman, Barry R.; And Others
Research Perspectives in Music Education, n2 p19-24 Fall 1991
Band, orchestra, and choir festival evaluations are a regular part of many secondary school music programs, and most such festivals engage adjudicators who rate each group's performance. Because music ensemble performance is complex and multi-dimensional, it does not lend itself readily to precise measurement; generally, musical performances are evaluated subjectively, that is, reflecting either consciously or subconsciously the criteria that an individual evaluator considers most important. Allowing individual adjudicators to employ their own criteria in evaluating performance festivals, however, presents some potential problems. To help alleviate these problems, most performance festivals do two things: (1) employ more than one adjudicator, and (2) ask adjudicators to consider a common set of performance categories in arriving at a final rating. The purpose of this study was to examine the "interjudge" reliability for five groups of judges on seven rating categories on a band/orchestra adjudication form and determine the extent to which category ratings are interrelated. Interjudge reliability coefficients for three sets of judges were found to be marginally acceptable (in the .80s); those for the other two sets of judges (.67 and .54) were not. Interjudge reliability coefficients for the various category ratings were generally much lower than those for the final ratings. Two performance categories (technique and intonation) were the best predictors of final ratings. The categories "selection" and "general effect" contributed nothing toward predicting the final ratings. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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