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Constructivism in the Band Room: Facilitating High School Band Students' Playing by Ear through Informal, Student-led Practices

Abstract This study investigated high school band students' processes of learning as well as their responses and reactions to student-led aural-based learning projects. Previous research has focused on various aspects of informal learning and student-centered learning--the frameworks upon which this study is based--but none have focused on inclusion of informal learning methods into a secondary large ensemble classroom setting with an emphasis on playing by ear.

Participants in this study were 20 students divided into four small groups in a 45-member high school band. The study took place during the regularly scheduled band class during one full class period for eight weeks, culminating in small group performances. Data were collected througho... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Spears, Amy Elizabeth (Author) / Schmidt, Marg (Advisor) / Sullivan, Jill (Committee member) / Stauffer, Sandra (Committee member) / Tobias, Evan (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music education / aural learning / band / constructivism / informal learning / playing by ear / student centered
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 392 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Music Education 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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