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ERIC Number: EJ898310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0190-4922
Sight-Reading Requirements at Concert Band Festivals: A National Survey
Paul, Timothy A.
Contributions to Music Education, v37 n1 p51-64 2010
This study, a replication and extension of work by Norris (2004), examined sight-reading requirements at middle and high school large-group band festivals across the United States. As in the earlier investigation, answers to the following questions were solicited from all 50 states: (1) Are there ratings-based large-group band festivals? (2) Is sight-reading required? (3) Are there specific classifications or levels of proficiency? (4) Is musical content specified for each level? (5) Are sight-reading and performance scores combined for an overall rating? Results showed that fewer than half of all states mandate sight-reading at large-group ratings-based band festivals at both the middle and high school levels. An even smaller number of states specify difficulty levels, stipulate musical content, and include the sight-reading score in an overall final rating. Frequency of affirmative responses to all questions was consistently higher at the high school level. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States