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ERIC Number: EJ834887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4294
The Effect of Conductor Expressivity on Ensemble Performance Evaluation
Morrison, Steven J.; Price, Harry E.; Geiger, Carla G.; Cornacchio, Rachel A.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v57 n1 p37-49 2009
In this study, the authors examined whether a conductor's use of high-expressivity or low-expressivity techniques affected evaluations of ensemble performances that were identical across conducting conditions. Two conductors each conducted two 1-minute parallel excerpts from Percy Grainger's "Walking Tune." Each directed one excerpt using high- and one using low-expressivity techniques. After watching a video of the four conducting segments set to a single audio performance of the selection by a university wind ensemble, participants (N = 118) evaluated ensemble expressivity using a 10-point Likert-type scale. Half of the participants also rated the expressivity of the conductor using a second identical scale. Ensemble expressivity was rated significantly higher for the high-expressivity conductors; effect size was strong (partial [eta][superscript 2] = 0.57). Among participants evaluating both conductor and ensemble, there was a significant moderate correlation between ratings (r = 0.56). (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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