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ERIC Number: EJ1102275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2379-9021
Church Music as an Education Enterprise: Lessons to Learn
Rohwer, Debbie
Texas Music Education Research, p48-58 2011
While much research has addressed the preparation of future public school teachers, more information is needed on the necessary skills for church music settings. Because little research has been completed on church music as an educational enterprise, there is a need for an investigation of church music participants' perceptions of instructional needs in church settings. The purpose of this study was to describe the perceived learning needs of a group of church musicians attending a musical, religion-based summer camp. A questionnaire was completed by 62 church choir musicians at a 5-day national summer music camp with a Methodist affiliation. The items on the questionnaire were 5 open-ended items asking about the participants' perceived instructional needs in church choir setting and 4 demographic questions. Results presented included: (1) the need for directors to be organized and dedicated instructors who can be strong recruiters; (2) the need for the various members of the church leadership (staff, pastor, volunteers) to work together to plan cohesive church services; and (3) the job of a church director necessitated both a music education focus where music-related pedagogical aspects are practiced, as well as a ministry focus where liturgical aspects are addressed. [Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Music Educators Association (San Antonio, TX, Feb 2011).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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