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Graduate Final Project Abstracts: Archives

Graduate Final Project Abstracts: Archives

Graduate Thesis Archives

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Teaching Melodic Literacy Through the Orff and Kodály Approaches: The Development of a Curriculum for Kindergarten Through Fourth Grades
As music educators, we are responsible for giving our students a balanced and sequential education in the field of music.
Alison Capelle
12/10/2012
Develping Musicianship Through Folk Dance: The Analysis and Teaching Process
Folk dance in the elementary music classroom is commonly utilized for its emphasis on community building, problem solving and strengthening elemental musical concepts.
Kristen J. Roemer
12/10/2012
The Presence of Classical Music in Evangelical Church Choirs
The purpose of this paper is two-fold: to investigate the history of non-denominational, evangelical church music in America and its influence on church choirs of the same; and to begin a collection of classical music appropriate for evangelical church choirs.
Rebecca Peterson
12/06/2012
The American Kodály Educator as Song Collector: Zoltán Kodály’s Beliefs on Folksongs and the Definition of the Twenty-First Century American Folksong
Folk music is a staple in the Kodály method of music education.
Elizabeth Johnson Camozzi
12/05/2012
An Exploration of the Bodymind and Voice Approach to Voice Education in the Middle School Choral Setting
The intent of this study was to review the philosophies, science-based beliefs, and fundamental voice education topics found within the book set, Bodymind and Voice: Foundations in Voice Education, while also providing practical applications for use in the middle school choral setting.
Shannon Elizabeth McCauley
12/03/2012
A Sequential Process for Developing Part-Singing in Beginning Mixed-Voice Middle School Choirs
The intent of this paper is to synthesize current methods of part-singing development in order to create a new sequential process for developing part-singing specifically designed for beginning mixed-voice middle school choirs.
Sheri Lieffring
11/30/2012
Teaching Guitar in a Kodály-Inspired Elementary Curriculum
The purpose of this study was to research classroom guitar instructional strategies, as well as the history of the use of instruments in the elementary general music classroom.
Jill E. Bradford Baller
11/28/2012
How Rocking Out Transformed My Music Teaching
This article reviews scholars' breakdown of the advantages of the informal music learning environment as support for the authors' recommendation to model classroom music learning after popular musicians' methods.
Jessica Perry
11/28/2012
Bullying and Adolescent Participation in Choir
Using literature from a variety of sources, this paper explores the nature of bullying and its effect on male participation in choir.
Benjamin Perry Waltz
11/21/2012
Connecting the Elementary Music Classroom and the Home Environment
The purpose of this project was to provide elementary music teachers with specific, practical examples and strategies to build a bridge of mutual respect with families to optimize the musical learning and growth for students.
Megan Anne Zillgitt
11/16/2012
Praise With the Timbrel and Dance: Incorporating Orff Schulwerk into Liturgy
The intent of this study was to explore effective strategies to extend and incorporate Orff Schulwerk into the children’s school liturgy.
Jennifer Marie Hall
11/15/2012
The Business of Teaching Music: A Study of How a Franchise Business Model Could Benefit the Field of Piano Pedagogy
Private music lessons, particularly those taught in independent or home studios, often lack regulation and accountability.
Mellisa Weinert
11/14/2012
Determining How Parents and Their Children Value Music
The intent of this thesis was to determine how parents and their children value music.
Anna Elizabeth Unger
10/29/2012
Hebraic Repertoire for Treble Voices
Many adults continue their professional development throughout their careers.
Amy Jo Cherner
08/02/2012
An Investigation to Explore Forest Lake Area Schools’ Elementary Music Specialists’ Methods of Introducing and Evaluating Students’ Perceptions of Triple Meter
A clear, consistent approach to teaching triple meter is necessary to improve students’ perception and understanding.
Lisa Sauer
08/02/2012
Selected Recordings Influential for Jazz Transcription: A Jazz Listening Library for Developing Jazz Band Students
The intent of this project was to provide the resource of a jazz listening library for jazz educators to provide authentic listening opportunities for beginning and developing jazz students.
Jennifer Michelle Tiede
08/01/2012
Course Creation: Methods and Materials for Teaching Piano
The intent of this project was to create an undergraduate-level course for students at Crown College in the Bachelor of Music, Piano Concentration degree.
Jennifer Leigh Wohlgemuth
08/01/2012
An Investigation of Current Methodologies of Score Study with an Analysis of Three Band Compositions
The purpose of this study was to first examine the benefits of thorough study of a musical work for an instrumental conductor as described by leading figures in the field of conducting and education.
Carrie B. Thompson
08/01/2012
Implementing, Developing, and Maintaining an Authentic African Music Program in an Elementary School
This discussion explored the thoughts and actions taken by one elementary music teacher who made the decision to incorporate an authentic African music program and high-level performing ensemble into her existing school music curriculum.
Katherine J. Crockett
07/30/2012
Chinese Folk Songs for Middle School Choirs
The problem of this thesis was to examine Han Chinese folk songs appropriate for use with a middle school choral curriculum.
Gillian Teoh
07/20/2012
A Mlticultural Analysis of the Core Repertoire Taught in the Sioux Falls School District Elementary Vocal Curriculum
The purpose of this project was to identify the core singing and listening repertoire according to the Sioux Falls School District elementary vocal music curriculum and pacing guides.
Leonard Owen Davis
05/26/2012
A Repertoire Resource List of Children's Choral Music Analyzed Using the Model of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir with Select Pedagogical Teaching Plans Using the Model from Educating Young Singers
The intent of this project was to provide a collection of Repertoire Resource Guides suitable for children’s choir using the model presented in the Teaching Music through Performance in Choir series, and to offer accompanying song presentation plans for select pieces as a means to demonstrate the application of the information provided in the resource guides.
Sarah Ludwig Cohen
05/12/2012
Teaching Rhythm in Beginning Band
The intent of this paper is to offer teachers of beginning band students an alternative to teaching rhythm through traditional methods utilizing methods already employed in the elementary music classroom.
Amalie Niethammer
05/01/2012
Differing Approaches to Teaching Music: Comparing Dalcroze, Kodály, and Orff
The intent of this paper is to compare the leading philosophies for teaching elementary general music: Dalcroze, Kodály, and Orff.
Emily Smith
05/01/2012
Findings in Music Cognition
A growing body of research suggests that music is a specifically human, rather than natural phenomenon.
Mark H. Bussey
04/25/2012
Iconic Notation in the Elementary Music Classroom: Connecting Sound to Symbol
The intent of this study was to examine iconic notation and its application in teaching musical literacy skills in the elementary music classroom.
Andrea Halverson-Forsberg
04/23/2012
The Role of the Music Minister As An Educator
The role of the music minister has been the topic of discussion in the last forty years among educational institutions as well as churches.
Richard C. Voth
04/23/2012
Alligning the Cedar Falls High School Vocal Music Curriculum With the Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) Method Using the Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance Method
The purpose of this project was to incorporate the Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance Method into the Cedar Falls High School Vocal Music Curriculum.
Eliott Kranz
04/23/2012
The Affect of Piano Accompaniment on Pre-Adolescents' Pitch Accuracy During a Vocal Warm-Up
The intent of this investigation was to examine pre-adolescents’ pitch accuracy during a vocal warm-up and the affect of piano accompaniment on the students’ pitch accuracy.
Darcy A. Morrissey
04/10/2012
Moved By Music: A Series of Lesson Plans and Compositions Designed to Promote Simultaneous Movement and Music Making
This project explored philosophical and historical arguments for integrated learning and performance models.
Larissa Iverson
12/15/2011
Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Piano Studio: Teaching Rhythm Through Movement
Emile Jaques-Dalcroze developed a pedagogical model for teaching musicianship in the early 20th century that helps students think about and learn music through Eurhythmics (movement), Solfège, and Improvisation exercises.
Andrea Olson
12/07/2011
Pedagogical Processes for Five Choral Octavos Suitable for Use With Elementary Choirs
The focus of this master's project is to show pedagogical processes for five choral octavos suitable for use with elementary choirs comprised of children in grades four, five, or six.
Jennifer Walker
12/01/2011
Incorporating Students on the Autism Spectrum Into a Kodály-Inspired Elementary Music Curriculum
The purpose of this study was to research characteristics that children on the autism spectrum display, as well as suggested interventions for these children in a classroom setting.
Lindsey Jentzsch
11/30/2011
Women on the Choral Conducting Podium: How Are We Doing?
The feminist movement in America and around the world has impacted women profoundly.
Susan C. Fergus
11/30/2011
The New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concerts - A Template for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
The intent of this final project was to investigate the nature and function of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts and develop a formulaic template for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO).
Jessica Leibfried
11/27/2011
A Theoretical Curriculum Model for Implementing Constructivism in an Orff-Schulwerk-Based Classroom
The purpose of this study was to examine constructivist theory and explore current constructivist practices in education today.
Rachel Hartwig
11/27/2011
Review of Selected Advanced Solo Literature for Wind Instruments
The purpose of this study was to compile quality, standard solo literature for each wind instrument.
Jessica Gilbertson
11/17/2011
The Singing Experience Preferences of Spanish-Speaking English Language Learners
The problem of this study was to determine the attitudes of Spanish-speaking English language learners regarding singing in English.
Victoria Lynn Derybowski
11/17/2011
A Theoretical Analysis of Pedagogical Techniques Directors Use to Develop Musical Literacy and Artistic Independence in Middle School Singers
The intent of this thesis was to determine what pedagogical techniques middle school directors could use to develop musical literacy and artistic independence in middle school singers.
Chris Larson
11/17/2011
An Investigation of Student Analysis and Interpretation in the Choral Rehearsal
The purpose of this thesis was to determine the ways in which choral music educators involve students in the analysis/interpretation of choral music during rehearsals.
Katie G. Larson
11/16/2011
Song Presentation Plans for Selected Irish Treble Choral Compositions
The intent of this project was to examine five treble choral pieces by Irish composers, and to prepare presentation plans for their use in a classroom or rehearsal.
Anne Fidelma Barry
11/14/2011
Directors’ Decision-Making Process Regarding Recruitment of Oboe Players for Beginning Band
The intent of this thesis was to identify the factors band directors consider when deciding whether to recruit oboe players for their beginning band programs and the degree to which the following factors were considered by directors before deciding whether to recruit oboes for beginning band: (1) Instrument recruitment and placement; (2) Recruitment concerns throughout the student selection process; (3) Director’s musical and personal qualities; (4) Musical factors; And, (5) program structure within the school system.
Dagan O. Hanson
11/03/2011
The Validity of Popular Music in American Music Education
The problem of this thesis was to determine whether popular music has a musically valid role in the American music classroom.
Scyler Shearer
10/25/2011
An Investigation of the Impact of Instruction in Facial Expressions to Depict Text Meaning on Expressive Singing
The intent of this study was to determine if instruction in the use of facial expressions to depict text meaning resulted in an aural difference in expressive singing.
Julie Enwright
10/19/2011
A Case Study of the Social and Musical Behavioral Patterns of a Child With Autism
The problem of this study was to observe, document, and analyze a fourth grade child diagnosed with autism.
Sarah Hass
10/17/2011
The Nature and Function of the Instrumental Warm-up in the Secondary Music Rehearsal
The intent of this thesis was to examine the nature and function of instrumental warm-up in the secondary music classroom.
Brian J. Thorstad
08/03/2011
Society's Need to Make Music: A Theoretical Investigation
The problem of this thesis is to investigate theories about the origin, function and value of music in society and to discuss their implications on music education in the 21st century.
Shandra Prowell
08/01/2011
An Examination and Resource Guide of Non-Western European SATB Selections of the World Voices Choral Library
The problem of this study was to identify the non-Western European SATB multicultural repertoire performed by the professional choral ensemble, World Voices and determine what performance assistance/notes can be found in the octavos and on websites, which may enrich the teaching of this repertoire.
Brandy Klingel Gullickson
07/28/2011
Factors Contributing to Disproportionate Gender Participation in High School Jazz Bands
The problem of this thesis was to examine participation rates in Minnesota high school jazz bands by gender and determine which factors contribute to the disproportionate number of males versus females who participate in these ensembles.
Laura Berggren
07/27/2011
An Investigation Into the Effect of Orff-Schulwerk Music Classes on Adult Beginners' Self-Assessments of Their Musical Ability
The question driving this thesis was whether self-identified non-musical adults would change their beliefs about their musical ability after participating in a series of Orff-Schulwerk music classes.
Sarah R. Burdick
07/26/2011
Preserving Hmong Music: A Collection of Songs
As the music teacher at Hmong College Prep Academy it has been important to me to provide musical curricula to my students that they will find culturally relevant.
Cynthia A. Pierce
07/26/2011
Arvida Steen's Contributions to Orff Schulwerk Curriculum Planning and Lesson Design in the United States
The purpose of this study was to investigate Arvida Steen’s background and expertise in Orff Schulwerk curriculum development and to document her influence on the dissemination and practice of Orff Schulwerk in the United States.
Sara J. Heimsoth
07/21/2011
Incorporating Chinese Music Into an Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly Based Elementary School Music Curriculum
The problem of this thesis was to determine how culturally representative repertoire of Mandarin Chinese music can be taught in a classroom setting rooted in Orff Schulwerk and Kodály pedagogy.
April J. Rios
07/20/2011
A Comparative Study of Music Theory Textbooks in the Areas of Notation, Thythm, and Harmony
The intent of this study was to determine how the concepts of notation, rhythm and harmony were introduced in music theory textbooks.
Barry Michael Zumwalde
07/14/2011
The Burt Family Christmas Card Carol Tradition
Over the years, the works of many Christmas lyricists and composers have become well known, including those of Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr, Charles Wesley, Edmund Sears, and more recently, John Rutter.
Sharon Kay Howell
07/14/2011
The Music Education Contributions of Isaac Esko to the Public Schools of Esko, Minnesota
The intent of this study was to determine the impact that Isaac Esko had on music education within the public schools of Esko, Minnesota.
Elizabeth A. Anderson
07/13/2011
An Examination of Sustaining Culture Through Music Education: Tibetan Exile Culture in India
The aim of this thesis is to examine the extent to which educators in India use music to sustain Tibetan culture.
Skye L. Sanford
07/12/2011
An Investigation Into Themes Resulting from the Perceptions of Women Teaching Secondary Instrumental Education
The intent of this research is to explore the current perceptions of women educators teaching instrumental music at the secondary level, (6-12).
Sarah M. Minette
07/06/2011
A Comparison Study of the Use of Singing Technique Between the Choral Conductor and the Teacher of Singing
The purpose of this comparison study was to determine the similarities and differences between the education, methods, and techniques employed by the choral conductor and the teacher of singing.
Gail L. Vornkahl
07/01/2011
Movement and Gesture as a Pedagogical Tool in the Choral Rehearsal
The intent of this thesis was to determine the nature and function of movement as a pedagogical tool leading to healthy and expressive singing in the choral rehearsal.
Karen Lutgen
06/27/2011
Student Preceptions of the Challenging Aspects of Playing the Recorder
The intent of this thesis was to identify the factors students perceive to be the most challenging when learning to play the recorder, and to determine the relative influence each of these challenges has on students’ perceptions of personal success and motivation to continue recorder playing.
Caitlin Pellerite Lucci
06/08/2011
The Application of Montessori's Pedagogigal Principles to the Secondary Choral Classroom
This study was an investigation of possible strategies for the application of Montessori’s pedagogical principles to the secondary choral rehearsal.
Caroline Miesle
05/17/2011
Parent Musicians: Relationships and Interactions with Music Education
The purpose of this study was to gather impressions of parent-musicians' relationships and interactions with music education by examining how their life experiences and musical training shaped the musical parenting of their children.
Matthew C. Oyen
05/10/2011
The History of Patrick Henry High School Band: The First Forty Years, 1940-1980
The purpose of this thesis project was to describe and understand Patrick Henry High School Band’s musical past - 1940 – 1980.
Elizabeth Roth Kotek
05/03/2011
The Origins of Carl Orff's Schulwerk: An Historical and Cultural Investigation
The intent of this study was to examine the origins of the development of Carl Orff’s Schulwerk pedagogy and philosophy through his elemental music and movement lessons at the Güntherschule, from 1924 to 1932.
Beth Ann Hepburn
04/28/2011
Developing Comprehensive Musicianship in High School Choir
The intent of this study was to demonstrate a way of integrating comprehensive musicianship into high school choral rehearsals quickly and easily.
Nathan Knoll
04/26/2011
Song Presentation Plans for Selected Canadian Treble Choral Compositions
The intent of this thesis was to prepare song presentation plans for five treble choral pieces written by Canadian composers and arrangers for use by teacher-conductors in their classrooms with the goal of helping them expand their young singers’ exposure to Canadian choral music and culture.
Laurel Dawn Oger
04/15/2011
A Study on the Life and Work of Dr. Betty Bertaux
The objective of this thesis was to document Betty Bertaux’s contributions to the field of children’s choral music and investigate the founding and cultivating of Children’s Chorus of Maryland.
Mairee D. Pantzer
04/05/2011
Illustrated Children's Literature in the Music Classroom
The purpose of this project was to enhance the music teaching and learning process by analyzing illustrated children’s literature for use in the elementary music classroom as a tool for empowering and energizing teachers and students as they engage in the process of developing music skills and understanding music concepts.
Elizabeth McLeod
04/01/2011
A Transcription and Analysis of Urban Playground Singing Games and Chants for Pedagogical Use
The problem of this thesis was to transcribe eight authentic urban playground singing games and determine their pedagogical implications in an elementary music currriculum.
Rachel Leigh Widen Wixson
03/16/2011
A Curricular-Centered Approach to the Selection of Middle Level Band Repertoire
The intent of this thesis was to determine what and how artistic middle-level band literature can be integrated with the teachable skills of the Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Methodand systematized into a reference and retrieval system.
Reid W. Wixson
02/15/2011
An Investigation of Parental Attitudes and Perceptions of Current Band Recruiting Practices
The problem of this theoretical study was to investigate the attitudes and perceptions held by parents as they decide whether to enroll their child into a beginning band program.
Heather LeVesseur
12/13/2010
Original Small Ensemble Arrangements for Middle School Instrumentalists
The purpose of this study was to create arrangements or compositions appropriate for middle school percussion ensembles or jazz combo.
David Miller
12/08/2010
An Examination of the Strategies used by Various Minnesota Composers to Write Middle School Choral Music
The purpose of this thesis was to investigate the strategies used by various Minnesota choral composers to write middle school choral music.
Bryan Blessing
11/22/2010
Improvisation in the Elementary Music Curriculum
This study is a collection of improvisation teaching techniques for use with elementary music students.
Courtney Zupancich
11/19/2010
Better Bands Through Better Band Music: The Influence of the American Bandmasters Association on the Development of Wind Band Literature
It was the intent of this thesis to examine the influence of the American Bandmasters Association on the development of wind band literature.
Michael J. Moeller
11/17/2010
Teaching Music Reading and Language Arts Reading: A Comparison of the Kodály-Inspired and Direct Instruction Approaches
The purpose of this study was to determine the similarities and differences between the Kodály-inspired approach to music reading and the Direct Instruction approach to language reading.
Joanne M. Cahill
11/11/2010
A Study of the Social Skills Practiced Through Children's Participation in Traditional Singing Games
The problem of this thesis was to identify specific social skills developed through children’s participation in traditional singing games.
Ann Marie Wieseckel
10/28/2010
The Influence of Hip-Hop Culture on the Classroom Behavior of Urban Middle School Students
The problem of this study was to determine the influence of hip-hop culture on the classroom behavior of urban middle school students.
Jennifer L. Skoglund
10/27/2010
Repertoire Analyses for the Boys' Changing Voice Choir
The problem of this thesis is to find and analyze suitable music for the boys' changing voice choir.
Stephanie Phelps
10/26/2010
Reflections on the Use of Movement to Teach the Metric Feel of Jazz Swing
The intent of this study was to investigate the effect of movement instruction on the rhythmic feel of triplet swing in jazz music with two fifth-grade beginning concert bands for four 50-minute rehearsals each.
Stephanie L. Tatting Peoples
10/21/2010
High School Students' Attitudes and Perceptions Regarding Movement in the Choral Rehearsal
The problem of this study was to discover female high school students’ attitudes and perceptions regarding movement in the choral rehearsal.
Kathryn E. Briggs
10/13/2010
Reconsidering Repertoire: The Second New England Schooll and the Preformance Possibilities for High School Orchestras
The purpose of this study was to determine the historical, musical, and pedagogical nature of the music of the Second New England School and its potential performance possibilities for high school orchestras.
Christopher S. Jannings
10/07/2010
Factors Affecting Boys' Participation in Elementary Classroom Music
The problem of this thesis was to determine the factors that affect boys’ participation in elementary classroom music.
Cynthia G. Gilman
09/27/2010
An Examination of Sight-Singing Methods Among Adult Community Choir Members
The intent of this thesis was to examine the method and strategies adult community choir members employ when sight-singing music during a choral rehearsal.
Caroline Desmond Crocker
09/23/2010
Selected Repertoire for Use in the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod Worship and an Orff Schulwerk-Inspired Music Curriculum
The problem of this descriptive study was to select song repertoire for use in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod worship services and create applications to an Orff Schulwerk-inspired music curriculum for grades one through three.
Rebecca L. Schaffer
09/09/2010
Addressing Music Performance Anxiety in Middle School Instrumental Music Students Through Mindfulness Meditation: A Theoretical Model
The intent of this study is to create a theoretical model that will focus on mindfulness meditation as a means for managing music performance anxiety in middle school music students.
Elizabeth E. Larson
08/19/2010
An Investigation of Graduate Student Retention Within the Orff Schulwerk Levels
The intent of this study is to determine the factors and attitudes of students who do not return to take Orff Schulwerk Level II after taking Orff Schulwerk Level I or those who do not return to take Orff Schulwerk Level III after taking Orff Schulwerk Levels I and II.
Melita Anderson
08/16/2010
A Comparison of Two Choral Reporting Guides in an Assessment Design
The intent of this thesis was to compare two performance assessment models to discover whether reporting models affect students’ vocal proficiency growth.
Patrick Charles Geiger
07/26/2010
An Examination of Folk Songs of Various Cultures for Classroom Use
The aim of this thesis was to examine the folk songs of various cultures for features that can be pedagogically adapted for use in a music classroom.
Douglas J. Beam
07/23/2010
A Historical Analysis of the Development of Suzuki Talent Education with Particular Emphasis on its Beginnings in Minnesota and the First Ten Years of Suzuki Program at the MacPhail Center for the Arts
The purpose of this thesis was to chronicle the beginnings of Suzuki Talent Education in Minnesota, focusing particular attention on the Suzuki program at the MacPhail Center of the Arts through its first ten years.
Andrew Bast
07/23/2010
An Investigation of Elementary General Music Educators' Use of the Informance Model of Public Performance
The intent of this thesis was to examine how elementary general music educators define and use informances.
Serene Patton Robeson
07/12/2010
An Investigation and Comparison of the Racial Demographics in Minnesota High School Music Courses and School Population
The intent of this thesis is to examine high school and music demographic populations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area to determine if the demographics in high school music courses reflect the same demographic distribution in the total school population.
Brian D. Lukkasson
06/24/2010
A Study to Determine the Pedagogic Practices Piano Teachers Use to Teach Musical Independence
The intent of this thesis was to determine the pedagogic practices piano teachers use to teach musical independence.
Emily Ireland
05/20/2010
A Theoretical Comparison Between Music and Language Acquisition in Children
The intent of this study was to investigate the principles that underlie the acquisition of music and language in children
Erica Winters
05/13/2010
Directors' Opinions Regarding Gender-Based Middle School Choirs
The intent of this thesis was to determine directors’ physiological, sociological, and pedagogical rationales for gender-based middle school choirs.
Scott M. Lehrke
04/26/2010
An Investigation of the Musical Curricula and Instruction in Music Classes in the Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
The intent of this study was to ascertain the status of music education in elementary music classes in the Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, especially pertaining to teacher training, the role of liturgical music, music curricula and instructional practices.
Brenda Joann Kelly
04/08/2010
A Historical Study of an Effective Community Arts Committee: The History and Activity of the Mora, Minnesota, Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP)
The intent of this study was to document the history and activity of the Mora, Minnesota, Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) committee from 1985 to the present.
Courtney J. Bush
03/10/2010
Adult Attitudes About and Perceptions of the Nature of Musical Ability
The intent of this study was to determine adults’ attitudes toward their own musical ability and the beliefs that inform those opinions.
Holly V. Harris
12/08/2009
An Examination of Rhythmic and Melodic Building Blocks Present in the Music for Children Volumes for Use in an Orff Schulwerk-Inspired Curriculum
The intent of this thesis was to determine the rhythmic and melodic elements that could be extracted for curricular implementation...
Megan Sullivan Tietz
12/04/2009
A Theoretical Investigation of the Principles of the Kodaly Methodology of Teaching Music Literacy and the Principles of the Reading/Language Arts Power Standards in Teaching Reading Literacy
The problem of this study was to investigate the similarities and dissimilarities between the principles of the Kodály methodology in teaching musical literacy and the principles of the Reading/Language Arts Power Standards of literacy
Colleen Evens
12/03/2009
Movement in Orff-Schulwerk and the Role of Danai Gagne as Advocate and Model Teacher in the United States
The purpose of this study was to investigate Danai Gagné’s background and expertise in teaching movement and to document her influence on the spread and practice of Orff Schulwerk in the United States.
Melanie Sander
11/25/2009
The Development of a Model for the Synesthetic Analysis of Choral Music Based on the Reflections, Perspectives, and Experiences of One Conductor
Stemming from the researcher’s personal association and experiences with synesthesia, the intent of this study was to investigate synesthesia in music and to develop a model for the synesthetic analysis of choral music.
Aaron D. Kapaun
11/23/2009
A Transcription and Analysis of Mexican Children's Singing Games and Rhymes
The problem of this thesis was to transcribe examples of Mexican children’s oral culture and analyze them for potential pedagogic use in a Kodály-inspired music curriculum.
Andrew Ellingsen
11/19/2009
A Collection of Selected French-Canadian Children's Singing Games for Use in a Kodály-Inspired Elementary Music Curriculum
The problem of this study was to collect French-Canadian folk songs from an aural source and prepare analyses and pedagogic applications for use in a Kodály- inspired elementary music curriculum.
Amy Gallick
11/18/2009
Delineating the Elementary Music Scope & Sequence Into Six-Week Instruction Periods: A Case Study for the Richardson Independent School District
The purpose of this study was to delineate the contents of the music concepts and skills charts for grades kindergarten through six of the Richardson Independent School District in Texas into six 6-week instruction periods for the school year based upon a logical and effective sequence.
Michael Chandler
11/17/2009
An Investigation and Application of the Principles and Nature of Creative Problem Solving in Music Education
The purpose of this theoretical study was to examine the principles and nature of creative problem solving and the pedagogical application of those in the music classroom.
Holly Price
11/10/2009
An Examination of the Life and Work of Mary Helen Richards
The purpose of this study was to investigate the life and work of Mary Helen Richards.
Kari J. Todnem-Wendroth
11/10/2009
Methods Used by Band Directors to Develop Tonal and Rhythmic Audiation Skills in Beginning Band Students
The problem of this thesis was to determine if, and to what extent, band directors use supplemental methods to develop audiation skills in beginning band students.
Jennifer VanReese
11/05/2009
J.S. Bach: His Faith and Its Effect on Text Setting
The thesis problem evolves from and is based on the author’s edification by the way Bach brings to life Lutheran theology in his music.
Rebecca Bartelt
11/02/2009
Reflections on the Effectiveness of SmartMusic as a Learning Tool
The intent of this study is to provide teacher reflections on the use of SmartMusic as a tool to improve student music literacy and music reading ability in high school...
Scott Fairweather
10/21/2009
An Investigation of the Effects of Vocal Register and Melodic Direction on the Singing Accuracy of Kindergarten Students
The intent of this study was to determine the effects of vocal register and melodic direction on the singing accuracy of kindergarten students.
Deborah S. Michaels
09/22/2009
Implications of Gender Differences Regarding Aural Acuity in the Elementary Vocal Music Classroom
The intent of this study was to determine the aural acuity gender differences of males and females from infancy through adulthood, and to research the implications of those differences for the elementary vocal music classroom, the elementary classroom, and the SATB choir.
LaGretta Stegner
07/27/2009
Reflections on Using Language Neutral Rhythm Syllables for English Language Learners
This study is a comparison of two accepted methods of teaching rhythm: Takadimi (in the Kodály tradition) and Language-rich (in the Orff-Schulwerk tradition) and the implications of using these methods when teaching English Language Learners (ELL).
Julie A. Schramke
07/14/2009
An Examination of the Use of Singing Activities in Recorder Instruction Among Elementary Music Teachers
The intent of this study was to determine the current practices of elementary general music teachers in the Northern Virginia area regarding singing activities in the beginning recorder classroom.
Erin P. Rosa
04/20/2009
An Investigation Into the Purpose and Function of Music Activities in Minnesota Preschools
The problem of this study was to discover if and how music education is incorporated and valued in the curriculum of established preschool programs in Minnesota.
Allison Cramer
04/20/2009
Sight-Reading Assessment Practices of Secondary Vocal Music Directors
The intent of this study was to investigate assessment practices of secondary vocal music directors.
Randi L. Erlandson
04/09/2009
An Investigation on the Use of a Constructivist-Learning Environment to Improve Musical Problem-Solving Skills
The intent of this study was to determine if implementing a constructivist-learning environment framework leads to the development of musical problem-finding and problem-solving skills in young band students.
Sara B. O’Connor
04/08/2009
Student and Parent Attitudes Regarding Enrollment in Middle School Band
The intent of this thesis was to identify the attitudes and factors considered by students and their parents when deciding to continue enrollment in middle school band.
Brian M. Melody
04/07/2009
David Baker's Pedagogical Approach to Bebop Improvisation
The intent of this study is to determine how jazz method books and, in particular David Baker’s method book approached the concepts of teaching jazz improvisation and the development of jazz vocabulary within his How to Play Bebop series.
Jeff S. Levine
04/06/2009
Growing Up a Grundtvigian Dane: The Songs, Dances and Activities that Influenced the Youth of the West Denmark Lutheran Church Community in Luck, Wisconsin 1952-1969
The purpose of this study is to investigate a piece of history from the West Denmark Church in Luck, Wisconsin.
Gwen Sarya
11/03/2008
An Investigation to Determine the Assessment Practices of Sight-Singing in a High School Choral Setting
The intent of this investigation was to determine the assessment practices of high school choral music teachers for the purpose of assisting high school music choral music teachers in developing and implementing assessment practices in their teaching. Four sight-singing components were examined.
Sheryl Brame
10/28/2008
Developing Student Understanding of the Music-Making Process Within a Band Rehearsal
The intent of this inquiry was to determine to what extent middle school band directors teach to and identify in their students’ understanding of the music-making process within a rehearsal.
Amanda J. Kaus
10/27/2008
Developing a Professional Learning Community Model for Music Education
The intent of this thesis is to determine to what extent and with which adaptations the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model, according to Robert Eaker, Richard DuFour, and Rebecca DuFour, can be used as a template for professional development in music education.
Nyssa Maria Brown
10/23/2008
Directors' Attitudes Regarding Parental Involvement in the Middle School Choral Program
The aim of this study was to investigate middle school choral directors’ attitudes and efforts in enhancing parental involvement in their programs.
Jeffrey A. Rapp
09/25/2008
Foreign Language Repertoire Selection Practices by Middle Level Choral Directors
The problem of this research was to investigate the foreign language repertoire selection practices of middle level choral conductors.
Sarah Beth O'Banion
09/23/2008
Factors that Affect Middle School Students' Non-Participation in Music
The problem of this thesis was to determine the factors that affect middle school students’ non-participation in music.
Susan R. Potvin
09/17/2008
Repertoire Selection Practices of Elementary School Choir Directors
The intent of this study is to investigate the repertoire selection practices of elementary choir directors.
Benjamin E. O’Connor
07/28/2008
Laban Movement, Conducting, and Expressive Singing
The purpose of this study was to determine if the application of Laban Movement principles improved the expressive singing of a high school choir.
John Habermann
07/28/2008
Assessing and Reporting Singing by Elementary General Music Teachers
The intent of this study was to identify how elementary general music teachers assess and report children’s singing progress in the first grade.
Gina Engelking
07/23/2008
The Nature of Fluency in and Between Speech and Music
Fluency in music incorporates fluency characteristics similar to those found in speech, even though the terminology is different. Accuracy in music is the performance of a piece—according to the musical instructions in the score—using correct phrasing, dynamics, pitches, rhythm, etc.
Sally Kim Moore
04/14/2008
A Study to Determine if Piano Instructors Combine Sight Before Sound-Based Beginning Piano Methods with Sound Before Sight Methodologies
Various traditional, sight before sound-based piano methods have been widely accepted and used in the United States. The intent of this study was to determine if piano instructors combine sight before sound-based beginning piano methods with selected applications from sound before sight approaches.
Janet E. Tschida
04/04/2008
Children's and Conductor's Perceptions of Leadership Behaviors that Demonstrate Emotional Intelligence of Female Conductors of Children's Choirs
The purpose of this study was to explore children's and conductors' opinions regarding leadership behaviors in a choral rehearsal of female children's choir conductors that demonstrate emotional intelligence focusing on the Relationship Management competencies of (1) Developing Others; (2) Inspirational Leadership; (3) Building Bonds; and (4) Teamwork and Collaboration.
Carolyn Neumann
11/15/2007
Exceptional Learners in Band: An Examination of Band Directors' Opinions of Mainstreaming in Select San Gabriel Valley Public Schools
The intent of this descriptive study was to investigate the attitudes of local band directors and compare their opinions with pros and cons of mainstreaming as identified by previous studies.
Catherine L. Banim
11/05/2007
Comprehensive Musicianship in High School Instrumental Music: A Historical Study of the Thomas Jefferson High School Band Curriculum
The intent of this study was to examine the comprehensive musicianship approach to instrumental music education utilized by the Thomas Jefferson High School Band Program chronologically from and prior to its beginnings in 1970 through 2007.
Daniel Fretland
10/22/2007
Nature and Nurture: Parental Attitudes Regarding the Development of Singing Ability
The intent of this study was to determine parents' attitudes regarding their singing ability, and the beliefs that inform their opinions.
Keri S. Sollitt
10/19/2007
A Descriptive Study to Determine the Opinions of Community Band Members Regarding the Effectiveness of Comprehensive Musicianship
Various comprehensive musicianship teaching methods have been used in school instrumental programs throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Cathy V. Augustin
10/19/2007
The Effects of the Orff-Schulwerk Approach on Social Listening and Cooperation
The intent of this study was to determine if teaching music through the Orff-Schulwerk approach encourages and reinforces behavioral listening and cooperation as a concomitant consequence of the instructions, and not as a result of teacher prompts encouraging the subjects to exhibit these behaviors.
Tara C. Finne
08/30/2007
The Development of Music Education Surveys for the Self-Analyzation of the Music Program of a Growing Rural-Suburban Minnesota School District
This project is an examination of the process involved with creating a set of surveys to analyze a music program and reveal attitudes toward music as a subject.
Jeffrey A. Gottwig
01/29/2007
Recruitment and Retention Methods for Low Brass Instrumentalists in a Beginning to Middle-Level Band Program
The intent of this investigation was to determine the methods of recruitment and retention for low brass in a beginning to middle-level band program.
Gina Kathleen Rollins Ford
10/02/2006
Using an Original Elementary Musical Play to Teach Minnesota History from 1850-1910
Second grade students at Southview Elementary in Waconia, Minnesota, study early Minnesota history as a part of their social studies and history curricula.
Lisa Lozito
09/01/2004
Handbells and Handchimes: An Examination of Their Uses in the Curriculum - An Annotated Bibliography
This study examined the ways in which handbells and handchimes are used in elementary and middle school general music classrooms.
Kaethe K. Grabenhofer
06/01/2004
Winter Solstice: A Guide for Elementary Music Teachers
The purpose of this project was to study the winter solstice and its music and create a musical application for my teaching situation.
Jodi L. Bremer
12/01/2003
Choral Arrangements for Elementary Choir
The purpose of this project was to create choral arrangements for elementary choir with a special focus on incorporating some of the qualities that contribute to a successful experience for young singers.
Leigh Emmett
12/01/2003
A Collection of Rounds and Canons Useful for Teaching in a Jr. High Choral Classroom
This project is a collection of rounds and canons useful for teaching in a jr. high choral classroom.
Sue Dieter Gilsdorf
12/01/2003
The Benefits of Staging and Presenting Children's Musicals: A Challenge for Music Educators
The purpose of this project was to present the various benefits of staging and presenting children's musicals in the elementary school. This project included discussion of the use of musicals as effective curricular teaching tools and emphasized the "knowing by doing" method used in a musical play. Musicals were discussed as aides in students' discovery of personal strengths as well outlets for creativity and imagination. Social benefits, including awareness and respect for other groups and cultures were addressed as were benefits for educators, schools and community.
Kathryn N. Schwister
12/01/2003
A Comparative Analysis of Jazz Guitar Method Books in the Areas of Comping, Chord Voicings, and Chord Progressions
The intent of this study was to determine how the concepts of comping, chord voicing, and chord progressions were introduced in jazz guitar method books. These three skills are vital in order for a guitarist to be a successful member of a jazz ensemble, often one of the only performing outlets in the public schools for a guitarist.
Samuel Thomas Bergstrom
11/03/2003
Chantons Tout Le Monde! A Collection of French Language Folk Songs Arranged for Beginning Choir at Normandale French Immersion School
French-language choral literature suitable for elementary school choirs is a necessity for a music program at a French Immersion school.
Evelyn Emerson
11/03/2003
An Investigation of the Causes and Frequency of Vocal Pitch Inaccuracy in Fourth and Fifth Grade Students and Strategies for Working with the Inaccurate Singer by Select Kodály Music Educators
The purpose of this study was to investigate the causes and frequency of inaccurate singing in fourth and fifth-grade students and to determine pitch-matching strategies that select Kodály educators use to assist the inaccurate singer.
Heather P. Williams
10/27/2003
An Investigation of the Causes and Frequency of Vocal Pitch Inaccuracy in Fourth and Fifth Grade Students and Strategies for Working with the Inaccurate Singer by Select Kodály Music Educators
The purpose of this study was to investigate the causes and frequency of inaccurate singing in fourth and fifth-grade students and to determine pitch-matching strategies that select Kodály educators use to assist the inaccurate singer.
Heather Prinn Williams
09/01/2003
An Analysis and the Application of Lessons from Silver Burdett's Making Music Series Within a Kodály -Based Curriculum
The purpose of this study was to provide music educators with an analysis of the format, philosophy, choices of music literature, learning sequence, objectives, and National Standards implementation presented in grades kindergarten and one...
Jeanne T. Tyszka
09/01/2003
Weaving the Web: A Study of the Metamorphosis of Children's Playground Games into Music and Movement Ideas for Primary Education
This study examined the ways in which the playground games known to the students at Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School could evolve into a set of teaching ideas for the music class at Agape Counseling and Training Center.
Yvonne Y.F. Yong
08/01/2003
Developing Repertoire Selection Criteria and a Repertoire List for Seventh-Grade Mixed Choirs
The purpose of this study was to create selection criteria to determine if a piece of choral music should be considered quality choral music to use in a seventh-grade mixed choir setting, and to produce a repertoire list of quality songs that fit the selection criteria.
Rhonda J. Schwartz
08/01/2003
Writing Music for Children: One Composer's Process
Musical composition is a multi-faceted and complex process.
Cynthia B. Giebler
07/01/2003
A Comparative Exploration of Philosophies and Methodologies of Music Education and Csikszentmihalyi's Flow Theory: Congruencies and Applications
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which current philosophies and methods in music education concur or contrast with the Flow theory of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Carol Thomas Downing
06/02/2003
An Examination of Strategies Used by Selected High-School Choral Students During Self-Guided Practice: An Analysis of Case Studies and Verbal Protocols
The purpose of this study was to identify and describe the strategies used by high school choral students during self-guided practice sessions. Six students were chosen from a pool of students who identified themselves as able to autonomously learn six measures of a Latin piece.
Carolyn Marie Loney
05/01/2003
Assessing Student Achievement: Current Practices of Elementary Classroom Music Teachers
The intent of this investigation was to determine the assessment practices of elementary classroom music teachers for the purpose of assisting elementary music teachers in developing and implementing assessment practices in their teaching.
Janet Debelak Cruse
05/01/2003
A Musical Magic Companion: Teaching Musicality Through Cultural History and the Use of Lyrics
Instrumental music education has long emphasized the use of lesson books that focus on rhythmic and technical development.
Susan Ann Smith
05/01/2003
Development of a Survey Instrument to Facilitate an Identification and Examination of Views Held by Midwest Kodály Music Specialists Regarding Issues Surrounding Auditions in the Elementary School Choir
The elementary school choir is often the first opportunity for students to experience membership in a choir.
Holly A. Meester
05/01/2003
Orff-Schulwerk in the Church: A Brief Hisory and a Collection of Anthems Arranged by the Author
The Orff-Schulwerk approach to teaching music is widely use din school settings around the country.
Melinda Ramseth Hoiland
05/01/2003
A Student Teaching Handbook for the Kodály-Inspired Cooperating Teacher: Seven Weeks of Instructional Practices and Materials
Susan Hauser Mielke
05/01/2003
An Investigation of the Relationship Between Personality Type and Music Students' Practice Habits
The purpose of this present study is to determine if there is a relationship between personality type and music students' practice habits.
Megan Joan Calgren
04/01/2003
An Exploration of How Children Find Meaning in Poetry Through The Vehicle of Music
The purpose of this study was to discover how the singing of music in a choral setting, through rehearsal and performance of a choral piece, provides a vehicle that helps children in their interpretation of the text.
Julie A. Aune
12/01/2002
A Theoretical Comparison Between Similar Characteristics of the Major Principles of the Kodály-Inspired Method of Teaching Musical Literacy and the Major Principles of the Balanced Literacy Approach of Teaching Reading Literacy
The intent of this study was to determine if there were similarities between the principles of the Kodály methodology in teaching musical literacy and the principles of the balanced literacy approach to teaching reading.
Corinne Ann Gransee
11/01/2002
An Investigation of the Effectiveness of Traditional and Gestural Instruction on a Subject's Performance of an Expressive Element in a Musical Excerpt
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of traditional and gestural instruction on a subject's performance of an expressive element in a musical excerpt. The study also looked at the effectiveness of traditional and gestural instruction for each individual subject when performing an expressive element in a musical excerpt.
Dana Lynne Doty Sewall
11/01/2002
Competitive Versus Non-Competitive Goal Structures: Analysis of Perceptions Relating to Self-Esteem Development And Musical Achievement Among Vocal Students
Competition has existed since the beginning of time. Competition, in various forms, has seeped into our schools, classrooms, peer groups, and homes.
Angela Mae Warren
10/01/2002
An Investigation of the Use of Musical Language and the Elements of Cooperative Learning in a Multiage Music Class
The purpose of the present study was to examine studentsí use of musical language and the elements of cooperative learning in a multiage music class.
Angela LaJoy
07/01/2002
The Effect of Mothers' Cues on Preschool Children's Motor and Musical Development in a Teaching Environment
This study was an examination of the implications of oral, tactile, and modeling cues given by parents and the affects on the motor and musical development of children ages 24 months to 36 months in an early childhood classroom setting.
Leigh Ann Mock
07/01/2002
Visual Stimuli Within Picture Books: A Vehicle for Creativity in Movement Improvisation in a Third-Grade Music Classroom
This study incorporated the use of visual stimuli within picture books as an impetus for movement exploration.
Angela A. Staley
07/01/2002
Case Study Analysis of Inner-City Kindermusik Students' Spatial and Interpersonal Characteristics
The purpose of this investigation was to determine the evolutionary nature of inner-city preschool children's spatial and interpersonal characteristics in a Kindermusik program.
Susan Anderson Charles
06/03/2002
Assessment Portfolios and Grading: An Examination of Student, Parent and Administrator Views Related to Processes Used in an Eighth-Grade Band Classroom
The present study investigated assessment portfolio processes used in an eighth-grade band classroom from the perspectives of students, their parents and an administrator.
Katharine C. H. Sween
09/28/2001
A New Approach to Music Education in Greece: Traditional Music and Contemporary Practice in the First Grade
This thesis is written for those music teachers in Greece who look for new paths in order to improve their teaching and to be able to have better results with their classes. For that reason, we shall make reference to three music educators, Dalcroze, Orff and Kodály. The differences and similarities of each approach are to be presented.
Spyridoula M. Dritsa
08/01/2001
An Investigation of the Effects of Sequenced Kodály Literacy-Based Music Instruction on the Spatial Reasoning Skills of Kindergarten Students
This study is an investigation of the effects of sequenced Kodály literacy-based music instruction on the spatial reasoning skills of kindergarten students. Subjects in the pretest-posttest control group design were 54 kindergarten students who were enrolled in three kindergarten classes in a rural elementary community school.
Marlene K. Hanson
07/31/2001
The Effect of Specific Vocal Strategies on the Ability of Second-Grade Children to Improve Vocal Accuracy
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of specific vocal strategies utilized in the music instruction of second-grade students to increase vocal control thereby improving vocal accuracy. The subjects were 75 students from four second-grade classes.
Deborah J. Martin
07/27/2001
An Examination of Orff-Trained General Music Teachers' Use of Improvisation with Elementary School Children
In order to gain perspective on the current status and spectrum of interpretations of the Orff-styled improvisational process, this study examined teachers with three levels of Orff-Schulwerk training in their beliefs and practices concerning strategies for teaching improvisation in the elementary school general music classroom.
Amy Beegle
06/04/2001
An Investigation of the Impact of Proposition 13 on California Fine Arts Education Including a Case Study of One School's Program
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact Proposition 13 has had on the fine arts education in the State of California between 1978 and 1996. The study further examined the impact that Proposition 13 budget cuts had on school curricula when financial decisions were left to each district's school board and to the administration and board of John Marshall Middle School of the Stockton Unified School District in particular.
Diane R. Gehling
04/10/2001
An Examination of Male Enrollment in High School Choral Music Programs in the State of Minnesota
The topic of male enrollment in choral education has received little attention from authors, researchers, and the choral profession.
Christopher John Russell
04/04/2001
Using Ojibwe Music and Culture in the Elementary Classroom: A Resource for the Music Educator
The purpose of this project was to provide information about the music and culture of the Ojibwe people that could be easily assimilated by the music educator and could be used to teach musical concepts.
Evonne K. Sumsky
01/19/2001
Musonics: A Study of the Effectiveness of Integrating Music Reading with Language Reading to Increase Spelling Accuracy and Reading Fluency in Third Grade Students
The present study investigated the effectiveness of integrating reading music notation with reading words to increase students' accuracy in spelling and fluency in reading words.
Mary A. Bussman
10/05/2000
An Examination of Pitch-Matching Strategies Employed by Select Kodály Music Specialists
The ability to sing in tune has often been regarded as a distinguishing characteristic of general musical ability.
Carrie M. Knott
09/28/2000
Developing Strategies for Teaching Fourth Grade Recorder Students with Learning Disabilities in the Mainstreamed Music Classroom
The purpose of this qualitative study was to develop strategies for teaching fourth-grade recorder students with learning disabilities in the mainstreamed music classroom.
Ellen A. Hanson
09/23/2000
Incorporating Japanese Music Into an Orff Schulwerk Based Curriculum
The purpose of this study is to determine ways in which Japanese folk music can be successfully utilized within an Orff Schulwerk based curriculum.
Brent Stapley
08/29/2000
The Effect of Extra Kodály-Based Music Instruction and Classroom Teacher Involvement on Powderhorn School First-Grade Students' Music, Reading, and Math Achievement and Social Skills Development
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of extra Kodály-based music instruction and classroom teacher involvement on first-grade students' music, reading, and math achievement and social skills development.
Elizabeth K. Beery Olson
08/09/2000
An Examination of Strategies Used by Selected Fifth-Grade Students While Completing Specific Improvisational Tasks: An Analysis of Verbal Protocols
The purpose of this study was to identify and describe, using random sampling, the strategies implemented by fifth grade students when they improvise.
Mary Margaret Melchior
07/27/2000
Gaining Insights on Hmong Culture: Implications for the Elementary Music Curriculum and Classroom
The purpose of this study was to explore the influences of Hmong culture on Hmong elementary students in a Midwestern setting taught according to American music education methodologies.
Anita R. McLaughlin
07/14/2000
Addressing Individual Student's Musical Needs in a Multi-Age (Grades 3 to 4) Kodály Music Classroom Through Flexible Grouping Strategies: Three Case Studies
Dorinda F. Blotsky
06/23/2000
The Effect of Improvisation on Fifth Grade Students' Ability to Read, Write, and Perform the Rhythmic Pattern
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of improvisation on fifth-grade students' ability to read, write, and perform the rhythmic pattern.
Sharon L. S. Mazion
05/22/2000
The Development of Performance Assessment Materials to Document Student Singing in General Music at the Middle School Level
The purpose of this study was to construct and validate assessment materials to examine a student's progress toward the first content standard in music education which requires students to sing a varied repertoire, alone and with others, at the middle school general music level.
Cynthia Quehl
01/26/2000
Listening Experiences with the Fifth Grade Teacher: A Vision for Music in the General Classroom
The purpose of this study was to create directed music listening lessons for teachers to use in their classrooms, beyond the lessons taught by the music specialist.
Vicki A. Kanne
12/27/1999
Fourth Grade Band and the National Standards: A Compositional Approach
The subject of this study was how the teaching of composition can serve to address the National Standards in a beginning band program.
Merle Danielson
07/28/1999
Cooperative Learning Strategies Used by Children as They Perform, Notate, and Read Rhythmic Patterns Within a Cooperative Learning Group
The exploration of cooperative learning in this study incorporated the use of the concept of rhythmic development.
Janna Thew
07/22/1999
The Development and Implementation of Aural Perception Tasks to Examine the Musical Cognitive Strategies of Fourth Grade Students
The purpose of this study was to develop aural perception tasks to examine the musical cognitive strategies of fourth grade students.
Nancy S. Huppert
07/15/1999
Auditions and the Elementary School Choir: An Examination of the Views Expressed by Select Elementary Music Specialists
The elementary school choir is an opportunity for students to experience a choir, often for the first time.
Julie M. Kivell Overlie
07/07/1999
The Development and Implementation of Integrated Thematic Instruction In A Third and Fourth Grade Music Classroom
This study focuses on developing and implementing a unit of integrated thematic instruction in a multi-age third and fourth grade music classroom.
Deanna Welch
07/06/1999
Making Curriculum Connections Integrating Elementary Classroom Music and Language Arts
Researchers are beginning to uncover the mysteries of how the human brain processes and integrates information.
Sandra J. Knutson
12/01/1998
Recording and Reporting Assessment in the Music Classroom
The purpose of this paper was to provide an organized guide for teaching, assessing, and recording expected outcomes for fourth grade music students, with the primary focus on recording the results of the assessment.
Jennifer Brooks Block Cooper
10/17/1998
The Effects of a Sequenced Music Literacy Based Curriculum on the English Language Acquisition of Hispanic Third Grade Bilingual Students
The purpose of this study was to determine if a sequenced, music literacy based approach in the general music classroom had any effect on the English language acquisition of Hispanic third grade bilingual students.
Jacqueline L. Kelly
08/18/1998
An Identification and Examination of Selected Factors in the Gender Composition of Beginning Band Percussion Sections
The purpose of this study was to examine selected factors that affect the allocation of males and females to the percussion sections of beginning bands.
Sonja L. Langsjoen
08/17/1998
A Correlational Study Between the Stanford Achievement Test and the Intermediate Measures of Music Audiation
The purpose of this research study was to see if there would be a correlation between musical aptitude and reading achievement in one class of fifth grade students (n=16) enrolled in a rural public school.
Carma Cleone Kulish
08/03/1998
Recruiting and Retaining Males in an Urban Middle School Choral Program
I greatly anticipated teaching in middle school with the prospect of directing mixed choruses, after having taught elementary school music for five years. Upon entering the middle school, I found that there were very few boys involved in the choral program.
Cheryl D. Reeves
07/31/1998
An Implementation and Preliminary Validation of the Assessment Package for Arts Performance Standard 6.1 of the Minnesota Graduation Standards
A move toward standards-based education and performance-based assessments is one strategy used in educational reform today.
Nancy E. Stutzman
07/28/1998
Strategies Used by Third Grade Students in Reading 'Mi' 'Re' and 'Do' When These Concepts are Taught Using Conversational Solfege
The purpose of this study was to examine the strategies used by third grade students in reading music.
Janet S. Huenink
07/28/1998
An Investigation of Sixth Grade Students’ Memories of Early Childhood Music Experiences
The purpose of this study was to investigate sixth grade students’ memories of early childhood music experiences and their attitude and interests in music today.
Susan P. Colletti
07/14/1998
The Process of Composing: An Examination of Fifth and Sixth Graders' Struggle for Product
This descriptive study was an investigation into how students learn to compose.
Anne Sherve-Ose
07/10/1998
Using Cooksey's Choral Performance Rating Scale to Measure the Effect of Movement as a Rehearsal Technique on Choral Performance
The purpose of this study was to examine whether the use of movement as a choral technique is a significant factor in improving choral performance.
Lucinda J. Sexton
06/25/1998
A Beginning Music Curriculum for Home Schoolers
The purpose of this study was to provide an eclectic, experientially based music curriculum for home schoolers.
Lisa Graham
01/30/1998
An Approach to Developing Musicianship Through Aural Skills in the Second Grade
Developing musicianship in the seven to eight year old child is the focus of this study.
Julie E. Bright
01/20/1998
The Assessment of the Musical Development of Preschool Age Children Using a Portfolio of Assessments
With the publication of National Standards for Arts Education in 1994 (MENC), music educators were faced with a formal statement of what students should know and be able to do in the arts.
Constance Gayle Van Engen
10/06/1997
Kodály and Montessori: Motivational Materials and Activities for Fifth and Sixth Grade General Music
The purpose of this study was to discover which musical activities early adolescents would choose most often and find most motivating given individualized choices.
Anne L. Cota
08/20/1997
Music Educator as Fieldworker: The Collection of Egyptian Children's Songs
The search for accessible world music children’s songs continues as global issues and communications intermingle and as music organization’s prescriptions, including the Music Educators National Conference’s National Standards for the Arts, require the incorporation of world music in the music classroom.
Rebecca J. Nerenhausen
08/01/1997
An Approach to Developing an Age Appropriate Rhythm Sequence for the Fifth and Sixth Grades
The focus of this study was to create an age appropriate rhythm sequence to be used in the fifth and sixth grades.
Molly K. Aalfs
07/11/1997
Performance Assessments for the Elementary Music Curriculum
The purpose of this project was to develop and implement performance assessments that would evaluate musical understanding of melodic and rhythmic elements.
Ann S. Okins
07/07/1997
Fostering Resiliency Through Music and Movement: A Buffer Against the Stresses of Family Change
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether creative music and movement activities would help to increase resiliency in students experiencing acute situational stress due to family change.
Kristine S. Olson
07/02/1997
The Effect of Teaching Musicianship on the Technical Ability of Percussionists
Percussionists have always been the subject of much controversy in the music world.
Katherine A. Warren
06/26/1997
Developing Lessons to Teach Music Through Students' Multiple Intelligences
Howard Gardner’s (1983) theory of multiple intelligences suggests that every person possesses some degree of intelligence in seven different areas, including linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.
Janelle M. Rau
05/29/1997
Age and Developmentally Appropriate Activities for Beginning Kindergarten Students
The purpose of this paper was to examine at the available research for the musical development of five-year-old children and from that research develop practical activities for use in the kindergarten music classroom.
Kathy Tibben Cumming
05/07/1997
Curriculum Integration: Making the Vital Music Connection
The purpose of this study was to: 1) justify music as a necessary part of education’s core curriculum, and 2) demonstrate how curriculum integration, when properly implemented, strengthens the position of music programs in the curriculum, enriches the students and the teachers, and creates an active and personal environment where learning is meaningful and long lasting.
Glenda I. Bjorum
08/30/1996
Music in the Core Knowledge Sequence: Evaluation and Recommendations for Multicultural Literacy in the Second Grade
The selection of high quality musical content is an important goal for every music teacher.
Cheryl Cannard
08/28/1996
Bringing the Playground Indoors: Using Playground Singing Games for Notation Activities in the Music Classroom
This study examined ways the playground singing games known to the students at an inner-city school in Minneapolis, Minnesota could be used as a source of song material (melodic and rhythmic patterns) for notation activities in the music curriculum.
Margaret I. Olsen
08/26/1996
Application of C.G. Jung’s Psychological Type With Dalcroze, Orff, and Kodály Methodologies
This paper proposed the need for music teachers to use a variety of teaching techniques in order to reach a mix of learner styles within their classrooms.
Molly Bragg
08/24/1996
Developing a Listening Library of Women Composers for Junior High Students
The purpose of this project was twofold: to provide student access to listening experiences of art music that possess the qualities which research has found to positively influence student music preferences, and to counteract the lack of gender-equitable materials in the music curricula by providing female role models in the field of composition.
Tracy D. Kay
08/22/1996
Exploration or Expertise: The Role of General and Choral Music in the Middle School
This thesis examines the purpose of vocal music courses in the middle school curriculum.
Jeffrey Alan Zurkan
08/01/1996
An Approach to Music Listening: Style Analysis Through Cooperative Learning Activities
The National Standards document states that all children should be able to listen to, analyze and describe music.
Kari P. Werdahl
07/18/1996
Using the Intermediate Measures of Music Audiation to Determine Rhythmic Aptitude: A Comparison by Grade Level and Gender
The purpose of this study was to test the rhythmic aptitude of children in grades three and five using the Intermediate Measures of Music Audiation (IMMA) by Edwin E. Gordon (1986).
Debra Lynnae Bouwman
07/18/1996
Building Learning Connections Between General Music and Beginning Band: A Model for Fifth Grade
The purpose of this study was to develop a model to help fifth-grade music students connect the skills and concepts learned in their general music class with those learned in their instrumental performance group.
Grace J. Peterson
07/11/1996
Technology as a Tool for Composition and Assessment in Middle School General Music
This paper studies three areas: experiential learning, assessment, and technology from a Kodály-based, middle school perspective.
Janet L. Sundquist
07/02/1996
Effect of Practice and Media on the Development of Kindergarten Beat Competency
The purpose of this study was to examine the significance of practice towards beat competency within a short time span.
Francine Evens
07/01/1996
The Effect of Daily Sight Singing Exercises on the Sight Singing Ability of Middle School Choir Students
The purpose of this study was to determine if daily sight singing exercises were effective in increasing the sight singing ability of sixth- and seventh-grade choir students.
Carolyn Ann Sinclair
07/01/1996
A History of Select American Women Composers Applications and Resources for the Elementary Classroom
The purpose of this paper was to include the music of women composers in the elementary music curriculum.
Linda S. Thill
07/01/1996
The Effect of Recorder Study on Vocal Pitch-Matching Accuracy in Third- and Fourth-Grade Students
Singing in tune is a fundamental skill in the music classroom. This emphasis on the ability to match pitch with the voice requires that a great deal of class time be spent on singing.
Jennifer Hermsen
07/01/1996
Integration of the Orff Schulwerk Process in a Montessori Environment: Parallels in Philosophy and Process
I have been the music director of the Montessori Center School in Santa Barbara, California since 1988.
Donna Massello-Chiacos
07/01/1996
Addressing the National Standards in Sixth Grade Band
With the publication of the National Standards for Arts Education, music educators face the challenge of implementing and assessing these standards in a variety of music settings.
Lisa D. Sauer
07/01/1996
Factors Influencing Creative Expression: Reflections on a Personal Journey Within the Environment of the Orff Institut, Salzburg, Austria
The purpose of this study was to reflect upon factors which influence creative expression.
John M. Woodward
06/17/1996
Music in the Multiage Primary Classroom: Developing and Implementing an Orff Schulwerk Curriculum
The focus of this pedagogical study was to create a sequential music curriculum using the Orff Schulwerk approach for the multiage classrooms of the Aquila Primary Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Patricia M. Rice
06/06/1996
Wholistic Integration of Music, Movement and Language: Essential Components of a Brain Compatible Curriculum for Middle School Students
Current brain research has provided educators with new insights into how learning occurs.
Pamela E. Kearney
05/06/1996
Nourishing Active, Independent Learners: Using Student Reflection in the Music Curriculum to Achieve National Standards
This paper explored how student reflection can be incorporated into a sequential music curriculum to achieve the content standards of the National Standards for Arts Education.
Steven F. Nurre
05/03/1996
The Effect of Varied Uses of Gordon's Learning Sequence Activities on Fourth Graders' Musical Aptitude Profile Test Scores
The Musical Aptitude Profile (MAP) is a standardized test written by Dr. Edwin Gordon (1988).
Randy Edinger
12/15/1995
Developing Learner Outcomes and Instructional Strategies for Two Third Grade Students with Disabilities Who are Included in General Music Classes: A Case Study
Integrating students with disabilities into a regular education classroom is a commonplace practice today.
Renea L. Schoenfelder
08/17/1995
Developmentally Appropriate Practice: The Creation, Implementation, and Assessment of Learning Centers in the Kindergarten Music Curriculum
This study investigated music pedagogy and curriculum in early childhood education.
Deborah A. Imiolo-Schriver
07/26/1995
High Potential Music Class: Developing a Program for Fourth-Fifth Grade Students Using the Orff Schulwerk Approach
Children in America have the right to become the best that they can be. This means that public education has the duty of providing quality education and programs for children of all levels and abilities.
Lou Ann Schram
07/20/1995
Voice Skill Development in Preschool Education: An Integrated Approach
Just as children learn the skills of cutting with scissors, throwing and catching a ball, drawing a shape, or cooperating within the play group, they also learn to speak and to sing.
Rebecca Calvert Petrik
07/01/1995
Raising Community Awareness About the Effects of Music Education on General Learning
The purpose of this study was to raise awareness of the community and school personnel regarding the effects of music education on general learning.
Nancy K. Wilcox
07/01/1995
The Use of Background Music to Improve Pitch Accuracy of Third Grade Students: A Pilot Study
The purpose of this study was to determine if the pitch accuracy of 74 third-grade students would improve with the support of background music.
Maureen Ehrichs Schwab
07/01/1995
Korean Drumming in Middle School: Adapting an Authentic Sequence and Method
This project involved the study of nongak, a style of Korean folk music, as performed by Samul Nori, a well-known Korean drumming group and, in turn, the teaching of Samul Nori’s music to a class of middle school students at Seoul Foreign School.
Richard A. Huyge
07/01/1995
The Diagnosis and Remediation of Obstructed Beginning Singers Using a Collaborative Reflective Action Process
One of the problems facing elementary music educators is how best to facilitate those children who experience difficulty learning to sing. Singing remains a highly prioritized goal in elementary music education, yet the ubiquity, resilience and scale of the problem continues to be demonstrated in surveys of its incidence.
Susan M. Knight
07/01/1995
Creative Drama in the Music Classroom
Drama and music have long been intertwined in the adult world through media as varied as opera and MTV.
Lisa J. Kljaich
05/01/1995
Basics for Healthy Vocal Technique: A Developmental Approach for Elementary Vocal Music Educators
Athletes would not even consider running a race without first physically warming up.
Diane Kay Ryden
07/26/1994
The Effect of a Music Listening Program on Elementary Students’ Preferences Toward Twentieth Century Art Music
The purpose of this study was to find out whether music preference could be changed through a lesson taught about a particular piece of 20th century art music and through repeated listenings to that same piece of 20th century art music.
Linda Anderson Bongard
07/26/1994
Music Connections: A Model for Family Music Making
Arts mirror the identity of a culture.
Benilee L. Luce
07/26/1994
The Effect of Three Teaching Processes on the Ability to Learn and Retain Xlophone Melodies
This study was designed to examine the effect of three teaching processes on a child’s ability to accurately perform musical aspects of two instrumental melodies from Music for Children, Vol. I (Orff, adapted by Murray, 1958).
Deborah J. Follstaedt
07/21/1994
Developing Musical Literacy Through Choral Repertoire: A Kodály-Based Model
This project was designed to provide a model for choral directors who want to teach their choirs the skills necessary to produce musically literate singers.
Barbara A. Sletto
07/01/1994
Improvisation in the Elementary Music Classroom: A Descriptive Study of Mentored and Non-Mentored Teachers and Their Students
Are children actually improvising in their elementary music classrooms? What skills do music teachers need to facilitate improvisation in their classrooms?
Mari N. Espeland
07/01/1994
Teacher Intensity in the Elementary Music Classroom: Case Studies of Mentored and Non-Mentored Teachers
The purpose of this study was to determine if the Mentor Residency Program sponsored by the Institute for Contemporary Music Education at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, had an effect on teacher intensity.
Margaret Judge
07/01/1994
A Beginning Flute Method Using Pedogogical Philosophies and Techniques Derived from the Kodály, Orff, and Dalcroze Approaches to Music Education
The purpose of this project was to develop an instrumental method book which utilizes elements of Kodály, Orff and Dalcroze approaches to music education.
Suzanne A. Draper
02/15/1994
Expert, Artist, Teacher: Professional Growth Through Reflection
The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of reflection in the acquisition of expertise in teachers of music.
Barbara J. Kettering
12/14/1993
Growing with Classical Music: A Five-Year Plan for the Elementary Listener
Perceptive, responsive listening is fundamental to the musical sense.
Linda Kay Riihiluoma
07/29/1993
The Ability of Kindergarten Children to Perform a Rhythmic Ostinato
The purpose of this study was to measure the ability of kindergarten children to successfully perform a rhythmic ostinato while one or two additional rhythmic patterns were simultaneously occurring and a song was being sung.
Carol S. Schultz
07/06/1993
Outcome-Based Education in the Kodály Classroom: A Lesson Design
The purpose of this paper was to provide music unit outcomes for rhythmic and melodic Kodály-based concepts presented in the second grade.
Doris Porisch McNamara
07/01/1993
Orff Schulwerk in the Middle School: A Developmental Approach
This paper proposes Orff Schulwerk as a developmentally appropriate vehicle for the middle school general music class.
Cary J. O’Reilly
07/01/1993
The Effect of the Mastery Learning Model on Learning Concepts in the Kodály Classroom
The purpose of this paper was to answer the question: Does the Mastery Learning Model motivate students in the Kodály Classroom to become involved in their own learning, and does it give the slower learners the time they need to master the material without limiting the faster learners?
Jill M. Halberg
07/01/1993
Incorporating Australian Culture into an Orff Schulwerk Sequence
Music education in Australia has often been criticized by teachers for relying on other cultures for its inspiration and content.
Graeme Webster
07/01/1993
The Effects of the Kodály Approach Versus the Gordon-Woods "Jump Right In" Approach on Changing the Tonal and Rhythm Aptitude of First Graders
This study compares the changes in musical aptitude scores of first graders who were taught the Gordon-Woods Jump Right In curriculum with first graders who were taught using a Kodály approach.
Jean Phyllis Tobisch
06/29/1993
The Effect of Four Musical Stimuli on the Pitch-Matching Accuracy of Children in Grades One and Four
The purpose of this study was to determine how four different pitch stimuli affected the ability of children in grades one and four to match pitches.
Bruce A. Abbe
06/01/1993
Successful Mainstreaming of Children with Problem Behavior: What Should a Music Teacher Know?
Public Law 94-142, which was established in 1975, insures that children with various learning and/or behavior disabilities will be mainstreamed into the least restrictive learning environment in which their needs will be met successfully.
Terolle L. Turnham
05/13/1993
Performance Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom
Performance assessment can be simply defined as tasks performed by the student which indicate to the teacher the scope of the students’ understanding and application of his/her learning in a particular subject area.
Victoria A. Amundson
05/06/1993
Integrating Students with Hearing Impairments into a Participatory Music Classroom
This multi-sensory approach to music education benefited all students, regardless of their learning style or special need.
Judy L. Cooper
05/06/1993
The Foss Scientific Thinking Processes Applied to Music
The subject of this study was the Full Option Science System (FOSS) Scientific Thinking Processes and how science processing applies to teaching music in a science-based school.
Beth A. Evert
05/06/1993
A Beginning String Program: The Blending of Traditional and Suzuki Methodologies
As music educators we face some great challenges in the 1990’s.
Enid Hope Lang
05/01/1993
Applications of Orff-Schulwerk in the Middle School
This paper presents applications of Orff-Schulwerk based on child development, middle level curriculum theory and Orff philosophy.
John Joseph Tisbert
02/26/1993
An Integrated Approach: Combining Elements of Hmong Culture and Music Learning Activities for the Primary Student
The growing ethnic diversity of students continues to remind us that today’s music educators have an important role in the teaching of cultural understanding among our students.
Sonja R. England
12/14/1992
Developing a Listening Library of American Music
The purpose of this capstone project, Developing a Listening Library of American Music, is to create directed listening opportunities for elementary students.
Jody Osman Abboud
12/14/1992
Orff Schulwerk and Mary Helen Richards’ Education Through Music: A Compatible Combination?
This project questions whether it is possible to successfully combine Orff Schulwerk with Mary Helen Richards’s Education Through Music (ETM), an American adaptation of the Kodály approach.
Kathryn A. Bray
12/14/1992
Teaching for Flexibility of Thinking in the Elementary Music Classroom
An ancient Chinese proverb states that if you give a man a fish, he can eat for a day.
Barbara J. Stender
12/07/1992
Do You See That Color or Hear That Color? Improving Comprehension of Artistic Concepts by Relating Visual Art and Music
I believe this multi-sensory, multi-media approach can be valuable in improving comprehension of artistic elements and techniques, thus providing more meaningful arts experiences and enhanced appreciation for the arts.
Renee H. Bosshart-Sagmoe
12/07/1992
Is There a Place for Outcome-Based Education in the Music Classroom?
Outcome-Based Education (OBE) is based on the belief that ALL students can learn, but not necessarily at the same rate or in the same way.
Janet A. Freemore
12/05/1992
The Effect of Four Pitch Models on the Pitch-Matching Accuracy in Singing by Children in Grades One Through Six
The purpose of this investigation was to determine if there are differences in the pitch-making accuracy of children in grades one through six determined by four pitch stimuli.
Thomas A. Sletto
10/30/1992
New Options to Enhance Teaching and Learning
The paper reviews the latest information on the function of the brain and the learning process.
Denise Kae Nelson
07/30/1992
School-Based Decision Making: Some Implications for Elementary Vocal Music Education
During the past decade there has been much discussion about the need for reform in the nation’s schools.
Norene Margie Shephard
07/28/1992
Music of Ghana: Incorporating West African Music into the Elementary Music Curriculum
As the world moves closer to a global community, music education needs to bring the world into the music classroom.
Michelle Marie Ehlers
07/28/1992
Music and Cooperative Learning: Design and Implementation of a Lesson Plan Format for the Elementary Music Classroom
Students working cooperatively is the keystone to developing skills for cooperative interaction with other people in career, family, and community settings.
Diane Abbe Nielsen
07/27/1992
Multicultural Music Education: Bringing World Music to Elementary Students
Music education by virtue of its all-cultural qualities can play a large role in the teaching of cultural understanding.
H. Janice Antholz
07/01/1992
An Intergenerational Music Class: Meeting Needs of Older Adults and Children Through Orff Schulwerk
The population of America is growing older. Elderly people are demanding appropriate programs and services.
Mary E. Gorder
07/01/1992
Enhancing Classroom Music with Picture Books
Children’s picture books offer many opportunities for integrating language, visual art, movement and music in the teaching of music to first-grade children.
Margaret M. Hoffee
07/01/1992
Cooperative Learning: Where is its Place in the Music Classroom?
The cooperative skills learned in this manner will help to effectively teach music objectives while music helps to promote cooperation and interaction among students.
Anabel Christiansen
07/01/1992
The Ward Method of Music Education
Anyone interested in the musical development of the child might benefit from understanding how Justine Ward went about accomplishing this in the Catholic schools.
Judith A. Brezinski
06/12/1992
Kodály-Based Choral Development in a Bilingual, Bicultural Setting
"Kodály had a vision of what music could mean to humanity, and it was realized in the case of those who worked closely around him" (Bacon 1978,44).
Clarice M. Marquart
04/13/1992
Hispanic Music: Music Literacy and Multiculturalism - Integrating Hispanic Music into the Elementary Music Classroom
Despite the fact that the United States of America is a notion of immigrants, cultural diversity in music education programs has not been recognized as important in achieving the goals of music literacy.
Geraldine R. Graf
10/01/1991
The Use of the Orff Schulwerk Approach Versus the Traditional Method to Develop Music Creativity in Third Grade Students
The purpose of the study was to determine if there were any differences in the growth of musical creativity in third-grade music students, two classes of which were taught through use of the Orff Schulwerk process (experimental), the other by more traditional means (control).
Judith S. Bishop
09/07/1991
Of Roots and Wings: The Application of Theories of Musical Intelligence and Creativity in the Classroom
This synthesis project was written as a personal journey to clarify my own philosophy of teaching music to children.
Ann Carpenter Kay
05/01/1991
The Applications of Gordon's Music Learning Sequence Theory and the Orff-Schulwerk Process and Some Possibilities for Integrating the Two
The purpose of this synthesis is to present background material about Gordon's Music Learning Sequence Theory and the Orff-Schulwerk process, to discuss the compatibility of the two, to recount how the use of both methods satisfies the "Elements of Instruction" defined in Anoka-Hennepin School District's Effective Schools program, to describe the application of both methods in the classroom, and to provide some possibilities for integrating Gordon's Music Learning Sequence Theory with an Orff-Schulwerk curriculum in my music classes.
Gloria Wesloh
06/02/1988
Echoes of Home: History and Contributions of the Ojibwe People in Minnesota
"Ojibwe People in Minnesota" is a unit I am writing as part of a larger project being developed for use in elementary schools as a resource for multicultural/multi ethnic studies.
Jeanette Paffel Andersen
05/05/1988
A Framework for Music Educators to be Used in Guiding Elementary Students to Compose and Present Their Own Musical Play
The fourth grade class that was used to develop the framework presented in this project has been a precocious class ever since I began teaching them in kindergarten.
Judith Ann Boe
04/01/1988