2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Modeling in the Wind Ensemble: A Process of Improving Interpretation in High School Musicians
Christian A. Pierce♦
Dr. Jay Bulen, Faculty Mentor

In many Missouri music programs, the primary form of evaluation is an annual large ensemble contest. Adjudication forms place equal weight on technical achievement and musical expression. Consequently, expressiveness is a primary focus of rehearsals, with most teachers using verbal instruction. Dickey found that as a result, teachers spend up to 42% of class time using verbal instruction, leaving less time for the students to execute the changes the teacher aims to achieve. In order to be more effective, teachers are beginning to use alternative teaching methods to verbal instruction. Sagen found that imitation of a recorded model produced significant gains in technical accuracy, musical interpretation, and general musical effect. Therefore, this 12-week action research study has been developed in order to investigate the effects of combining aural models and discussion of musical qualities on a high school ensembles ability to interpret music and perform expressively.

Keywords: Music, Education, Modeling, Performance, Expression


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 208-4
Location: OP 2117
Time: 11:45

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