Teaching rhythm: a comparative study of beginning band and solo flute method books

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Amanda K. Mitchell (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Michael Burns

Abstract: Typically, teachers of private instrumental lessons and large ensembles rely on a method book to supplement instruction regarding the fundamentals of music. The method books chosen by these instructors differ due to the nature of the teaching environments. Numerous books have been written specifically for the varied structure of these learning environments, to address various philosophies and approaches. This led to the development of method books specifically used in either private lessons or large ensemble settings. One of the most integral elements of music found in these method books is rhythm. The purpose of this study is to present comparative data related to the content and sequencing of rhythmic instruction in beginning flute method books for both private lesson and large ensemble environments. Four books intended for each instructional setting were used to provide the data for this study. The comprehensive band method books analyzed were Essential Elements for Band, Tradition of Excellence, Sound Innovations, and Measure of Success. The solo flute methods analyzed were; Beginner’s Book for the Flute , Flute 101: Mastering the Basics, Fluting Stars: Book 1, and Rubank Elementary Method. Each book was analyzed to determine the graphic layout, number, type, and sequencing of rhythmic concepts included throughout the methods. After reviewing each of these elements of rhythmic instruction, it was determined that a universal method for teaching rhythm did not exist among method books. The analysis produced data that reflected differences in the approach to rhythmic instruction between the two types of books. The information supported the potential for a difference in rhythm instruction to occur between the method books used in heterogeneous band and private flute learning environments. Ultimately, an analysis of the method books was presented with the intention to assist teachers in the creation and implementation of complimentary instructional techniques.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2017
Band, Beginner, Method Book, Rhythm, Solo Flute, Teaching
Bands (Music) $x Instruction and study
Flute $x Instruction and study
Bands (Music) $x Methods
Flute $x Methods

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