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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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Riley, Patricia E. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2013
This case study consisted of an examination of the perspectives of students, teachers, and administrators at the Shuangling Primary School, a rural Chinese school in Shaanxi Province, as they relate to themes of China's most recent curricular reform efforts. The intent was to understand these perspectives and determine how to best assist teachers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music, Music Education, Music Teachers
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Bugos, Jennifer; Jacobs, Edward – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a composition program, Composers in Public Schools (CiPS), on cognitive skills essential for academic success. The underlying hypothesis is that composition instruction will promote creative expression and increase performance on music-specific skills such as music reading, as well as foster…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Arithmetic, Music, Creative Activities
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Kaschub, Michele; Smith, Janice P. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2009
Building on an apposition of the theories of neurobiologist Antonio Damasio and music theorist Heinrich Schenker, we posit a new model for developing composition instruction based upon the organic connections between humans and music. Parallels are drawn between Damasio's theory of consciousness in which meaning arises from the relationships…
Descriptors: Music, Teaching Methods, Music Education, Musical Composition
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Riley, Patricia – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2008
The purpose of this research was to make observations and comparisons between original music composed by Mexican children, and traditional Mexican songs. Data were obtained through notated music compositions created by the children, and through videotaped interviews during which the children performed their compositions, talked about both their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music, Musical Composition, Children
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Hash, Phillip M. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2005
The purpose of this study was to provide a description and analysis of repertoire performed at middle school band contests in northern Illinois. Repertoire from 10 Illinois Grade School Music Association--Northern Division district level contests were analyzed in relation to the frequency pieces were performed, dates of publication, publishers…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Music, Music Activities, Musicians
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Prouty, Kenneth E. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2004
This essay examines how jazz educators construct methods for teaching the art of improvisation in institutionalized jazz studies programs. Unlike previous studies of the processes and philosophies of jazz instruction, I examine such processes from a cultural standpoint, to identify why certain methods might be favored over others. Specifically,…
Descriptors: Music, Creative Activities, Cultural Differences, Cultural Context
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Andrews, Bernard W. – Research and Issues in Music Education, 2004
The Genesis Project is a multi-phase research project designed for the purpose of developing an in-depth understanding of the nature of musical creativity by investigating how composers compose. In this first phase of the project, an understanding of the four dimensions of musical creativity: (1) the "person", (2) the compositional…
Descriptors: Creativity, Musical Composition, Music, Researchers