ERIC Number: EJ725319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Selected Influences on Solo and Small-Ensemble Festival Ratings: Replication and Extension
Bergee, Martin J.; McWhirter, Jamila L.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v53 n2 p177 Sum 2005
Festival performance is no trivial endeavor. At one midwestern state festival alone, 10,938 events received a rating over a 3-year period (2001-2003). Such an extensive level of participation justifies sustained study. To learn more about variables that may underlie success at solo and small ensemble evaluative festivals, Bergee and Platt (2003) examined time of day, performing medium (vocal or instrumental), type of event (solo or ensemble), and school size. Analyzing 7,355 events taking place over 2 years' time (2001 and 2002), they found statistically significant differences in the main effects of time of day (afternoon events received more ratings in the highest category than did morning events), type of event (solo events scored better than did ensemble events), and school size (large-school events received proportionally more of the highest rating than did smaller-school events). They also found some statistically significant two- and three-way interactions. Bergee and Platt's (2003) findings pointed to a disproportionately high level of success among events from schools best described as large, suburban, and relatively well-financed. Considering the demonstrated potential for inconsistency in festival adjudication, however, Bergee and Platt's findings might have been anomalous. A strict replication of their design with a different but related sample would add tangibly to its value. In this article, the authors present their replication of Bergee and Platt using the same festival's 2003 ratings outcomes as data. (Contains 2 notes.)
Descriptors: Music Activities, Competition, Performance Factors, Evaluation, School Size, Musical Instruments, Singing, Interaction, Influences, Context Effect, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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