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ERIC Number: EJ775595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4294
Influence of Primary Performance Instrument and Education Level on Music Performance Evaluation
Hewitt, Michael P.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v55 n1 p18 Spr 2007
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact that education level and primary performance instrument have on the evaluation of music performances. Participants (N = 423) in the study were middle school (n = 187), high school (n = 113), and college (n = 123) musicians who performed on either a brass (n = 115) or a nonbrass (n = 301) instrument. They listened to six junior high trumpet performances by players of various abilities. Results indicated statistically significant findings on six of seven performance subareas for the interaction of education level and performs, and significant main effects for performance instrument, education level, and performs. For many subarea-by-performer interactions, middle and high school students rated performances lower than did college students. In all performance areas (except melodic accuracy), there was a strong lack of influence for instrument (brass, nonbrass) on evaluation. The results suggest that it may be prudent to incorporate activities that help develop evaluation skills in middle and high school instrumental rehearsals. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A