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Rebecca B. MacLeod

Dr. Rebecca MacLeod is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where she specializes in string pedagogy. Prior to joining the faculty at UNCG, she was the assistant artistic director and conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra in Tallahassee, Florida. A native of Pennsylvania, she taught elementary, middle, and high school orchestra in Hollidaysburg and Beaver, Pennsylvania, where she was chair of music activities. Dr. MacLeod is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education,String Research Journal, and the Florida Music Educators Journal. Her research on working with underserved populations, vibrato technique, music teacher education, and music perception has been presented at the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, Music Educators National Conference, National Association for Music Education National Conference, American String Teachers National Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Society for Music Teacher Education, and several music educators state conferences. Dr. MacLeod received her undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her MME and PhD from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She continues to serve on the faculty of the high school summer music camps at Florida State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.

There are 13 included publications by Rebecca B. MacLeod :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
A descriptive study of high school and university students’ focus of attention in fast and slow orchestral excerpts 2009 278 The purpose of this study was to investigate listener discrimination of orchestral performances and to ascertain focus of listener attention to technical and expressive music elements of those performances. High School (n = 84) and University (n = 84...
The effect of articulation style on perception of modulated tempo 2006 296 We investigated the effect of legato and staccato articulation styles on the perception of modulated tempos. Ninety music majors served as participants. Listeners heard music examples that had been selected from two pieces, each of which included sta...
The effect of articulation style on perception of tempo in solo violin playing 2007 394 We investigated effects of legato, staccato and pizzicato articulation styles on the perception of modulated tempos. Seventy-two music majors served as participants. Two solo violin excerpts were chosen with contrasting rhythmic rates and were record...
An exploration of the relationships between cultural background and music preference in a diverse elementary orchestra class. 2012 97 The purpose of this research was to investigate the music performing and learning mode preferences of fourth- and fifth-grade elementary students who were enrolled in an elective orchestra class in a culturally diverse elementary school. We were i...
High school string players’ perceptions of violin, trumpet, and voice intonation. 2012 162 We studied young string players’ perception of intonation in accompanied solo performances of trumpet, voice, and violin. We were interested in whether pitch deviations of equal magnitude in the three solo performances would be judged as equivalen...
Influences of dynamic level and pitch register on the vibrato rates and widths of violin and viola players 2008 470 The purpose of this study was to investigate possible influences of pitch register and dynamic level on vibrato rates and widths of university and high school violin and viola players. Analysis showed that pitch register significantly affected the vi...
The Influences of Teacher Delivery and Student Progress on Experienced Teachers’ Perceptions of Teaching Effectiveness 2014 55 The purpose of this replication and extension study was to examine how teacher delivery and student progress influenced experienced teachers’ perceptions of overall teaching effectiveness. Participants (N = 60 experienced music teachers) viewed 12 pr...
The Influences of Teacher Delivery and Student Progress on Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Teaching Effectiveness. 2013 176 The purpose of this study was to examine how teacher delivery and student progress influenced preservice teachers’ perceptions of overall teaching effectiveness. Experienced teachers (n = 6) were videotaped teaching mini applied lessons under four co...
Initial movement and continuity of vibrato among high school and university string players 2005 207 The purpose of the present study was to investigate aspects of vibrato performance among high school and university string players. The main questions were to determine whether students consistently initiate vibrato in an upward or downward direction...
Perceived pitch of violin and cello vibrato tones among music majors 2009 775 The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceived pitch of string vibrato tones. The authors used recordings of acoustic instruments (cello and violin) to provide both vibrato stimulus tones and the nonvibrato tones that listeners adjusted t...
Preservice teachers’ perceptions of teaching effectiveness during high positive versus high negative teaching episodes. 2012 157 The purpose of this study was to examine preservice teachers’ perceptions of teaching effectiveness when viewing teaching episodes with positive and negative feedback. A secondary purpose of the study was to examine several independent variables to d...
Two studies of pitch in string instrument vibrato: Perception and performance responses of university and high school string players. 2012 204 We investigated pitch perception of string vibrato tones among string players in two separate studies. In both studies we used tones of acoustic instruments (violin and cello) as stimuli. In the first, we asked 192 high school and university string p...
Using a prescreening rubric for all-state violin selection: Influence on performance and teaching experience. 2009 151 Performance assessment is an integral part of young musicians' development. Students enrolled in music programs frequently participate in adjudication festivals and many audition for select ensembles. Outcomes of such events are deemed consequential ...