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ERIC Number: ED517993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-3920-6
A Study of the Relationship between Observed and Reported Use of a Cappella Singing in the Elementary General Music Classroom
Baker, Valerie Anne
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kansas
The purpose of this study was to investigate any relationship between observed and reported use of a cappella singing in the elementary general music classroom. A secondary purpose of this study was to examine teachers' practical perspectives influencing the use of a cappella singing in the elementary general music classroom. From a total of 50 teachers within four adjacent counties in a Midwestern state asked to participate in this study, 24 teachers (48%) participated in both the survey and observation parts of this investigation. Three participants ( n = 3) representing differences in teaching experience and survey-rated importance of a cappella singing were interviewed for their views and perceptions on a cappella singing. Results indicated that a cappella singing is an important part of the elementary general music classroom. Group data suggested that participants reported a greater amount of singing of all types, a cappella and with accompaniment, than what the researcher observed. Also, individually compared reported amounts of total singing, singing with piano accompaniment, and singing with other instrumental accompaniment were different from and tended to be higher than observed amounts. However, individually compared reported and observed amounts of a cappella singing were similar. Participants' practical perspectives on a cappella singing were that it was important, it could be utilized more, particularly if the participants had more class time, and that there should be a balance between amounts of a cappella singing and singing with accompaniment. A relationship was found between amount of teaching experience and the amount of a cappella singing reported; participants with less teaching experience reported more a cappella singing occurring in their classrooms than participants with greater amounts of teaching experience. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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