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ERIC Number: EJ1139691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1532-8090
Experiences and Perceptions of Middle School Handbell Participants
Rohwer, Debbie
Research and Issues in Music Education, v12 n1 Article 4 2015
The purpose of the current study was to describe the process of music learning and the perceptions of members in a school-based middle school handbell setting. The participants were 39 students and one music teacher in a middle school in Texas. The design of the current study was a case study using observation and interview data. The results highlight a successful middle school handbell ensemble setting that could be used as a model for a different form of music learning environment than the traditional options generally found in the schools. The study describes the practices and perceptions of a handbell choir situated in the public schools, including themes of (a) instructional processes, (b) music reading, (c) repertoire selection, (d) reasons for participating, and (e) future handbell participation. Conclusions address pragmatic issues for practitioners to consider in the implementation of a school-based handbell ensemble.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A