The importance and usage of keyboard skills in public school music teaching according to public school music teachers and college or university music teachers

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Anna W. Wells (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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James W. Sherbon

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate which keyboard skills are rated as most important and which are most often used in public school music (PSM) teaching. (PSM as used in this study refers to K-6 music teaching.) Two groups that are able to evaluate the importance and utilization of keyboard skills in PSM teaching are PSM teachers and college or university music faculty members involved in teacher preparation. Piano proficiency examinations from the 29 North Carolina colleges or universities offering degrees in music education were collected and a rating list of skills was compiled. This list, in addition to a questionnaire was mailed to 115 North Carolina college or university music faculty and 116 North Carolina PSM teachers. With regard to PSM teaching, subjects evaluated the importance of Skills and subsequently evaluated the usefulness of skills by appropriately placing numbers 1 through 13. Out of the 231 surveys sent, usable responses were received from 182 (79%) persons, 89 (77%) of whom were PSM teachers and 93 (81%) of whom were college or university faculty members. Spearman’s Rank Order Correlation Coefficients and t tests were used to determine whether significant correlations existed between ratings of groups.

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Language: English
Date: 1986
Piano $x Instruction and study
Keyboards (Music) $x Instruction and study
Music teachers $x Training of

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