ERIC Number: EJ1048255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Collaborative Composing in High School String Chamber Music Ensembles
Hopkins, Michael T.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v62 n4 p405-424 Jan 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine collaborative composing in high school string chamber music ensembles. Research questions included the following: (a) How do high school string instrumentalists in chamber music ensembles use verbal and musical forms of communication to collaboratively compose a piece of music? (b) How do selected variables (music performance and composing experience, quality of group collaboration, gender grouping, perceptions of the project) influence the process of composing collaboratively in a high school chamber music ensemble? and (c) What variables influence the quality of the resulting collaborative composition? High school string instrumentalists (N = 37) formed eight chamber music ensembles. Participants completed a presurvey regarding music performance and composing experiences, were videotaped while composing chamber music compositions, and completed a postsurvey regarding their project experiences. All groups spent a larger percentage of time engaged in task-directed musical communication than in verbal communication. Balance of collaboration had a strong relationship with composition quality. Mixed-gender groups had a stronger balance of collaboration than same-gender groups. Postsurvey data indicated that enjoyment of the project was found to have a strong relationship with composition quality.
Descriptors: Music Education, High Schools, Musical Composition, Music Activities, Predictor Variables, Group Dynamics, Cooperative Learning, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Program Attitudes, Educational Quality, Musical Instruments, Pretests Posttests, Student Surveys, Interpersonal Communication, High School Students, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Learning Experience, Teamwork
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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