ERIC Number: EJ1097859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Effect of Conductor Expressivity on Ensemble Evaluations by Nonmusic Majors
Price, Harry E.; Mann, Alison; Morrison, Steven J.
International Journal of Music Education, v34 n2 p135-142 May 2016
This study continues research that examines effects that conductors have on the assessment of ensemble performances. The current study used the same four recordings orders of two strict and two expressive examples by two conductors with a single repeated recording used in previous research, but the participants were not music majors. In addition to assessing the conductor and ensemble performances, they were asked to list one item each for each excerpt regarding the conductor and ensemble being evaluated. Results similar to those from the previous research were found in this study: there was a difference in the conductors' evaluations. However, there was a difference in the ensemble ratings, depending on the conductor style, even though it was the identical audio performance. The eta-squared values for the four orders ranged from 0.444 to 0.567. Effect sizes for the ensembles were smaller, as expected, but still consequential, 0.121 to 0.450. Comments provided by students indicate a strong relationship of strict and expressive conducting to involvement/leadership and gesture. We need to consider what effect conductors might have on our perception of musical quality or the effect the performance has on assessment of the conductor.
Descriptors: Musicians, Nonmajors, Art Expression, Evaluation, Performance, Effect Size, Undergraduate Students, Nonverbal Communication, Statistical Analysis
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