A Research-Based Survey of Pre-Service Preparation in Percussion Pedagogy for Secondary Music Education

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Timothy A. Heath (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Valarie A. Austin

Abstract: Undergraduate students seeking degrees in music education are required to take a series of methods courses that include woodwind instruments, string instruments and percussion instruments. University percussion instructors question how well the curriculum from these courses relate to the actual needed skills for application in the secondary classroom experience. This has been a concern particularly in percussion due to the large number of instruments that an instrumental educator will have to teach throughout his or her career. In percussion techniques class university professors must address different percussion instruments such as snare drum, mallet percussion instruments, timpani, auxiliary percussion instruments, drum set, ethnic (world) percussion instruments, instrument maintenance and repair, and marching percussion instruments. This study investigated the practical needs of teachers and whether the current percussion skills class meets these needs. With the aid of a structured survey research design, this research investigated the reality of what instrumental music teachers are prepared to teach on a daily basis. Given the limited amount of classroom time during undergraduate music education course work, university professors make decisions to what is most important to teach future educators. Based upon the results of this study, professors may have a better understanding of what secondary instrumental educators find most important for everyday real world teaching

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Language: English
Date: 2012
Percussion Methods, Instrumental Methods, Teaching, Music Education

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