ERIC Number: EJ1094054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Singer Perceptions of Collegiate Mid-Level Choral Experiences: A Descriptive Study
Major, Marci L.; Dakon, Jacob M.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v64 n1 p108-127 Apr 2016
In this descriptive study, researchers surveyed choristers (N = 630) from 16 mid-level collegiate choirs nationwide to investigate their perceptions and behaviors as they related to the strategies used by directors to facilitate ensemble identity. Also investigated were the factors affecting choristers' dedication to choir and their intentions regarding future enrollment in the choral program. Results indicated that mid-level collegiate choristers hold very diverse opinions regarding the effectiveness of directors' strategies. While participants indicated that many factors influenced their dedication to choir, those same factors did not directly affect reenrollment. Data indicated that choristers were dedicated when they did not have conflicts; felt committed; had an engaging, dedicated, and encouraging full-time faculty instructor; viewed the repertoire and ensemble as quality; and built friendships. Choristers who wanted to remain in their mid-level ensemble primarily cited the influence of personal and external factors followed by musical factors. Those who wanted to move into a different choir primarily sought the prestige of performing in a top-level choir.
Descriptors: Singing, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, Self Concept, Identification (Psychology), Group Membership, Social Influences, Social Attitudes, Musicians, Surveys, College Students, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Perception, Enrollment, Test Items, Negative Attitudes, Research Methodology, Administrators, Teaching Methods
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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