ERIC Number: ED375032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Effects of Required Concert Attendance on Attitudes of College Students Enrolled in Music Courses for Nonmusic Majors.
Sims, Wendy L.; Kuhn, Terry L.
Research Perspectives in Music Education, n4 p28-31 Fall 1993
This paper presents research surveying the responses of university students enrolled in music classes for nonmusic majors with regard to several aspects of required concert attendance. Groups of subjects (n=258) enrolled in courses with required concert attendance were compared to those in courses without such a requirement. Results indicated that required concert attendance was a positive or, at worst, neutral experience for the students. The students found attending concerts presented by the university music department or concert series to be an enjoyable activity, and reported a fairly high degree of awareness of campus concerts. While all expressed an inclination to attend concerts in the future, this was significantly stronger for the students with the concert attendance requirement. The structure of assignments and expectations, specific preparation for the concert experience, integration of literature studied with performance ensembles, or subsequent discussion of the experience, might be factors which could have an impact on the perceived or actual value of these requirements. The primary implication from this research for instructional practice is that including a concert attendance requirement is likely to increase interest of students and to build positive attitudes toward art music. (Author/DK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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