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Nii-Dortey, Moses; Arhine, Adwoa – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2019
This paper investigates an obvious paradox in the pre-tertiary music/aesthetic education of Ghana, which defies the pedagogical principles of continuity and progression. This paradox involves the simultaneous disappearance and growth of music/aesthetic education at the foundational basic schools and high schools respectively. Growth at the high…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Education, Holistic Approach, Aesthetic Education
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Roseth, Nicholas E. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2019
The primary purpose of this study was to design a reliable and valid continuous-time coding tool for measuring teacher use of space and teacher interactions based on prior research (Hesler, 1972; Martin, 2002). The tool captured teachers' use of space as they moved through 14 identified areas of the large instrumental ensemble classroom and…
Descriptors: Space Utilization, Measures (Individuals), Music Teachers, Test Reliability
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Arica, Eylem – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2019
Despite the existence of educators who use the third position as the home position for beginner violin training and get positive results, repertoires of violin pedagogues and current music school curricula show an overwhelming preference for the first position. I determined that studies on this preference and research related to the use of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Teachers, Musical Instruments, Teaching Methods
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Boisvert, Stéphanie – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2019
The effects of learning to sing with and without Curwen hand signs on singing accuracy in kindergarten-age children were compared. Participants comprised an experimental group (Curwen signs) and a control group (without signs), each containing 33 children aged 5 to 6 years. All participants took 30 music lessons centered on learning songs. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Education, Teaching Methods, Kindergarten
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Matthews, Wendy K.; Johnson, Daniel C. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2019
In large music ensembles, directors make countless instructional decisions on a daily basis that indicate their learning priorities and guide student learning. In particular, expert music directors (i.e., those having earned a master's degree and/or National Board Certification) have advanced problem-solving strategies and effective means of…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Music Activities, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving
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Sanderson, David N.; Buzza, Timothy D.; Jannings, Christopher S.; Kim, Kangwon; Maure, Bryan D.; Soderberg-Chase, Jonathan – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2019
For this study the researchers examined music teacher responses to survey items pertaining to their working conditions. Participants reported their satisfaction about factors related to music program funding, facilities, workload, professional development, and school culture. Responses were analyzed to detect possible differences in responses due…
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Music Education, Teaching Conditions, Teacher Attitudes
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Mellizo, Jennifer – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2019
The purpose of this explanatory sequential mixed methods study was to explore K-12 music educators' changes in practice one year after completing a three-week professional development experience in world music education. Results from the quantitative phase of research indicated all participants (n = 10) perceived distinct changes in practice after…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Music Teachers, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development
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Hedgecoth, David M. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine democratic practice in a large ensemble setting. A large (N = 63) auditioned concert band served as the case study for the present investigation. A series of self-guided rehearsals provided the opportunity for the ensemble members to engage in democratic musical governance without a conductor. Mixed-method…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Democracy, Governance, Group Activities
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Smiraglia, Christina; Asaah, Gordon Divine; Lacerda, Hanako Sawada – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2018
Although many programs aim to develop students' listening skills and promote the appreciation of Western classical music, relatively few such programs incorporate visual art. This study examined the perceived effectiveness of the Edinburgh International Festival's (EIF) "Art of Listening" program in reaching its stated goals to: develop…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Visual Arts, Music Appreciation, Foreign Countries
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Brewer, Wesley – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2018
In this study I analyze and describe the contents of recommended band repertoire lists to explore which composers' music is recommended and arranged for band most often. Fourteen repertoire lists provided by state-level music associations and independent publishers were included in the analysis, comprising a total of 32,267 entries. Previous…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Musicians, Music Activities, Organizations (Groups)
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Hurley, Craig; Musselwhite, Dorothy; Wesolowski, Brian C. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2018
Aural preparation is operationally defined as hearing, performing, decoding, and creating rhythms or pitches aurally prior to the introduction of music notation. The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of aural preparation on second grade students' music literacy rhythm skills (i.e. reading, performing, and dictation). The research…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Music Education, Musical Composition
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Bucura, Elizabeth; Weissberg, JulieAnne – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate elementary students' creating processes and perspectives through composition. Two fourth-grade classes took part in this action research, which consisted of creating four compositions--two with acoustic instruments and two with computer software. For each of the two sound sources, the first composition…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Musical Composition, Action Research, Music Education
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Bolduc, Jonathan; Evrard, Melanie – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2017
Children from birth to five are generally enthusiastic about music. However, because many early-childhood educators (ECEs) feel that they have insufficient knowledge to foster musical development, music education practices are not equivalent across ECEs. This study aimed to identify and determine the frequency of music activities used by ECEs. In…
Descriptors: Music Education, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Spieker, Matthew H. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to compare the use of figurative language between master and novice instrumental music teachers and to investigate their attitudes toward figurative language as a teaching tool. Figurative language is defined as any creative verbal instruction intended to teach a concept. Sixteen (N = 16) secondary school,…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers, Figurative Language
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Matthews, Wendy K.; Koner, Karen – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2017
The focus of this exploratory study was to examine the current trends of K-12 music educators in the United States regarding their (a) professional background, (b) classroom teaching responsibilities, and (c) job satisfaction. Participants included seven thousand four hundred and sixty-three (N = 7,463) currently employed music teachers who were…
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Background, Music Teachers
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