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Tan, Leonard – Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 2017
This article is a review of research literature on the teaching of concepts in instrumental music education. It is organized in four parts (a) the value of concept teaching in large instrumental ensembles, (b) time spent teaching concepts during rehearsals, (c) approaches to concept teaching, and (d) implications for music education. Research has…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Musical Instruments, Music Education, Concept Teaching
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Mantie, Roger; Tan, Leonard – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate participant involvement in community wind bands through the lens of organizational theory to inform the music education profession about community wind bands as an "expressive" voluntary association with potential for lifelong participation. Twenty-eight informants were drawn from three…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Music Activities, Organizational Theories, Music Education
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Tan, Leonard – Contributions to Music Education, 2017
Practice, skill and competition are important aspects of participating in school bands and orchestras. However, writers have questioned their value. In this philosophical paper, I mine the writings of the American pragmatists--in particular, their theories of habit and experience--to construct a theory of action for instrumental music education,…
Descriptors: Competition, Music Techniques, Music, Music Education
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Tan, Leonard; Lu, Mengchen – Philosophy of Music Education Review, 2018
In classical Greek philosophy, the pursuit of Truth was done primarily through logical argumentation using language as "Truth tool." The major thinkers in classical China, on the other hand, were famously suspicious of language, with Confucius declaring, "I wish to be wordless." They turned instead to music to express the…
Descriptors: Ethics, Persuasive Discourse, Confucianism, Music
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Miksza, Peter; Tan, Leonard – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to determine whether students' practice efficiency, flow during practicing, and self-efficacy for self-regulation varied as a function of their practice tendencies, their tendencies toward self-evaluation, their self-regulatory tendencies to be self-reflective when practicing, tendencies to exhibit grit in their…
Descriptors: Music Education, College Students, Self Efficacy, Musical Instruments
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Tan, Leonard – Music Education Research, 2016
In this philosophical essay, I propose a theory of creativity for instrumental music education inspired by Confucian "creatio in situ" ("situational creativity"). Through an analysis of three major texts from classical Confucianism--the "Analects," the "Zhongyong" ("Doctrine of the Mean"), and the…
Descriptors: Confucianism, Educational Philosophy, Music Education, Creativity