A Lecture/Recital Demonstrating Model Products and Processes for Action Research in a Middle School General Music Unit on Composition

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Jean Marie Bell (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
Janita Byars

Abstract: According to the National Music Standards (MENC, 1994), students should be composing in their general music classrooms within specific guidelines. The task of composing is not as easily taught or approached in sequential manners that teachers or students feel successful. There is not specific textbook or cookie cutter method that teachers use to train their students to compose. The project was designed to introduce seventh grade general music students to the process of creating an original melody, and using traditional and nontraditional compositional techniques often associated with theme and variations. Students created an original theme from their name, generated ideas that were implemented in their variations, and developed their creative potential as well as an understanding of music. Through involvement in composing, students took an active approach to the decision making process, exercised divergent thinking skills, utilized problem solving skills, gained knowledge of musical concepts, and improved attitudes.In conjunction with the action research project, the writer has learned that the process of creation is facilitated by clearly structured compositional activities. Acting as a role model in this process, the writer provided an avenue through which students gained confidence and became more independent learners.

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Language: English
Date: 2006
National Music Standards, Students, Composition, Composing, Original Melody, Traditional Compositional Techniques, Nontraditional compositional techniques, Musical Concepts,

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