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Brenner, Brenda; Strand, Katherine – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2013
What does it mean to teach musical expression to child performers? Is it teaching how to interpret a piece of music "correctly," or is there more involved? In this case study, we explored the beliefs and practices of five teachers who specialized in teaching children to perform in a variety of musical performance areas, including violin,…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musical Instruments, Singing, Theater Arts
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Marsh, Kathryn; Dieckmann, Samantha – Education 3-13, 2017
In recent decades, researchers from the fields of music education, ethnomusicology, folklore and sociology have developed an increasing interest in children's musical play traditions and the ways in which children teach and learn, perform, create and transform playground games and songs. Such repertoire is drawn both from oral traditions and from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Singing, Play, Games
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Countryman, June; Gabriel, Martha; Thompson, Katherine – Music Education Research, 2016
This paper explores the phenomenon of spontaneous vocalisations in the self-chosen, unstructured outdoor play of children aged 3-12. Spontaneous vocalisations encompass the whole range of children's unprompted, natural, expressive vocal soundings beyond spoken language. Non-participant observations at childcare centres and on elementary school…
Descriptors: Play, Children, Aesthetics, Verbal Communication
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Nichols, Bryan E. – Contributions to Music Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to explore the music-related habits, attitudes, preferences and participation of two members of a university Men's Glee Club. Fieldwork was conducted in twice-weekly meetings of a university glee club plus interviews and off-site observations with two non-music major participants. The participants' experience in a…
Descriptors: Males, Singing, Music Activities, Music Education
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Pittau Sevilla, Zulma M. – Music Education Research, 2016
The "Mbyá" culture forms a part of the Guaraní ethnic group that mainly inhabits the territories of south-eastern Brazil, in the Province of Misiones--Argentina, and the Republic of Paraguay. This article will focus mainly on field observations I have made in different communities in these countries, and which will try to synthetically…
Descriptors: Music Education, Self Concept, American Indian Students, Foreign Countries
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Geringer, John M.; Sasanfar, Justine K. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2013
Listener perception of musical expression in collaborative performance was explored in this study. Performances of two duos (a violinist and pianist, and a vocalist and pianist) were recorded. The level of expressivity of the violinist and vocalist remained stylistically appropriate during pieces; however, the pianist alternated between very…
Descriptors: Auditory Perception, Music, Performance, Musical Instruments
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Perrine, William M. – Philosophy of Music Education Review, 2013
On September 9, 2009, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that officials from Everett School District #2 in Mill Creek, Washington did not violate student Kathryn Nurre's constitutional rights to free speech by denying the Jackson High School Wind Ensemble the opportunity to perform an instrumental version of Franz Biebl's "Ave…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, State Church Separation, Constitutional Law, Art Expression
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Cooper, Shelly; Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2008
The Musical Play program is designed to assist children ages 2 to 5 and their parents. The program creators sought to help families build a repertoire of songs and activities for everyday living and to encourage musical play at home. The program includes developmentally appropriate songs, materials, and activities and incorporates a wide variety…
Descriptors: Music Education, Play, Music Activities, Language Acquisition
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Parr, Clayton – Music Educators Journal, 2006
Performing music of another culture can give a direct, visceral experience that listening alone cannot. If music is to function as a bridge between cultures, as a performer one must be ready to move out of one's comfort zones and experience music in a completely new way. The musical expressions of a culture come from the shared beliefs of that…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Guidelines, Cultural Awareness, Singing
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Smith, Janice – Music Educators Journal, 2006
Humans sing to express emotions beyond mere words. Making music transcends literal communication and expresses intense feelings that defy verbal description. Even very young children can, and do, express inexpressible feelings in song. Singing is present in every culture. It provides a sense of community and belonging. Music is a component of…
Descriptors: Music Education, Singing, Teaching Methods, Music Techniques