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de Bruin, Leon R. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
The way an improviser practices is a vital and significant aspect to a musician's means and capacities of expression. Expert music performers utilize extensive self-regulatory processes involving planning, strategic development, and systemized approaches to learning and reflective practice. Scholars posit that these processes are constructivist…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Expertise, Music, Music Education
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Parker, Elizabeth Cassidy – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
The purpose of this grounded theory study was to discover the process of social identity development for adolescent high school women's choir participants. Purposive maximum variation sampling was used to identify three public high school women's choirs where 54 interviews were conducted with 40 different public school singers. Three waves of data…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Adolescents, Singing, Females
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Forrester, Sommer H. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the complexities of instrumental music teacher knowledge as they relate to the intersection between instrumental music teaching and conducting, and to explore how participants describe and perceive these intersections. The key research question guiding this study was, How do high school instrumental music…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, Case Studies, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Tan, Leonard; Miksza, Peter – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
The purpose of the study was to investigate how university band students' (non--music majors) motivational goal orientations toward band and academics differ across participants from Singapore (n = 200) and the United States (n = 227) and examine how they relate to a suite of adaptive dispositions (i.e., flow, grit, and commitment) relevant for…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Goal Orientation, Questionnaires, Mastery Learning
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Shaw, Ryan D. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
With the intent of improving understanding of cuts to elementary arts programs, the purpose of this research was to investigate how one urban school district (Lansing School District in Lansing, Michigan) eliminated its elementary arts specialists. Research questions were (1) What policy conditions enabled the Lansing School District's decision to…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Decision Making, Case Studies
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Wolf, Anna; Kopiez, Reinhard – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
In the following study, we have developed an assessment instrument for the practice-dependent skill of analytical hearing following a strict test theoretical validation, resulting in the Musical Ear Training Assessment (META). By means of three pilot studies, a developmental study, and a validation study, we verified a one-dimensional test model…
Descriptors: Scores, Music, Musicians, Human Body
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Thibeault, Matthew D. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
This article presents a history of mediated pedagogy in the Suzuki Method, the first widespread approach to learning an instrument in which sound recordings were central. Media are conceptualized as socially constituted: philosophical ideas, pedagogic practices, and cultural values that together form a contingent and changing technological…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy
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Hash, Phillip M. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the history of the Austin High School (AHS) Girls' Band (AHSGB) of Chicago, Illinois, which existed from 1925 to 1956. This research focused on the band's (a) organization and leadership, (b) activities within the school and community, (c) relationship to the AHS Boys Band, and (d) efforts to challenge and…
Descriptors: Females, High School Students, Musicians, Music
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Reifinger, James L., Jr. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
This study investigated correlates that might explain variance in beginning sight-singing achievement, including tonal discrimination, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and academic ability. Both curriculum-based and standardized tests were used, including the Intermediate Measures of Music Audiation, Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, and…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Reading Skills, Children, Singing
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Woody, Robert H.; Gilbert, Danni; Laird, Lynda A. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
For music teachers to be most effective, they must possess the dispositions that best facilitate their students' learning. In this article, we present and discuss the findings of a study in which we sought to explore music majors' self-appraisals in and the extent to which they value the disposition areas of reflectivity, empathic caring, musical…
Descriptors: Personality, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Music, Music Teachers
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Springer, D. Gregory; Silvey, Brian A. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of accompaniment quality on the evaluation of solo instrumental performance. Undergraduate instrumental music education majors (N = 71) listened to and evaluated the accuracy and expressivity of six excerpts of Haydn's "Concerto for Trumpet in E-Flat Major," which we created by…
Descriptors: Music Education, Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Musical Instruments
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Després, Jean-Philippe; Burnard, Pamela; Dubé, Francis; Stévance, Sophie – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2017
The growing interest in musical improvisation is exemplified by the body of literatures evidencing the positive impacts of improvisation learning on the musical apprentice's aptitudes and the increasing presence of improvisation in Western classical concert halls and competitions. However, high-level Western classical music improvisers' thinking…
Descriptors: Classical Music, Creative Activities, Semi Structured Interviews, Expertise
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Johnson, Erik – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of two different reciprocal peer-assisted learning (PAL) arrangements on music achievement and learner engagement in the secondary instrumental music classroom. Using a quasi-experimental design, students from six separate seventh-grade bands from one large urban/suburban school district (N =…
Descriptors: Music, Grade 7, Learner Engagement, Peer Teaching
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Elpus, Kenneth – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to determine the convergent validity of self-reported and objective measures of school music ensemble participation. Self-reported survey responses to a question about high school music ensemble participation and administrative data in the form of high school transcript-indicated ensemble enrollments were compared…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Academic Records, Longitudinal Studies
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Royston, Natalie Steele; Springer, D. Gregory – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to examine the beliefs of applied music faculty on desirable traits of prospective music education majors. Respondents (N = 326), who were sampled from 73 National Association of Schools of Music-accredited institutions in the United States, completed a survey instrument developed to determine the characteristics of…
Descriptors: Music Education, Majors (Students), Music Teachers, Personality Traits
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