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ERIC Number: EJ969635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
Strings in General Music: An Experience with Multiple Sequencing
Martin, Jeffrey
General Music Today, v25 n3 p15-19 Apr 2012
Instrumental performance that approximates real-world models is one way in which a general music curriculum can encourage high levels of engagement and potential for lifelong musical activity. Although guitars, keyboards, and various folk instruments are useful for this purpose, orchestral instruments can also provide significant solo and ensemble performance opportunities, as well as a meaningful avenue for encountering various styles of orchestral music. In this article, the author discusses a 4-year experience using orchestral strings to engage early secondary (ages 11-14 years) general music students in performing. One of the crucial aspects that led to this program's success was the multiple sequencing of technical development such that all students, regardless of ability, musical background, or special needs could participate meaningfully in the class ensemble learning experience. The discussion aims to provide teachers who have access to strings or other orchestral instruments ways to incorporate ensemble performance in the general music curriculum. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China