Capstone/Dissertation Title

How creating a sequential and comprehensive recorder curriculum raises the performance level of music students as measured by technical skill

Term

2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate whether a recorder curriculum that utilized original compositions, folk songs, and pop song arrangements could teach the recorder in a more effective manner than other resources currently in print. An overview of the recorder, its history, and reasons for use in schools was researched, and recorder methodology, foundational studies, and method literature was reviewed and evaluated. Strengths and areas of improvement in these existing curriculums were identified and discussed. Finally, a study was conducted that featured an established recorder method book as the control group and the teacher-researcher's compiled and composed curriculum as the experimental group. This study revealed that the teacher-researcher's curriculum test group yielded higher quantitative performance and comparable semantic survey results. The paper also discusses suggestions for future qualitative research and evaluation of recorder literature.

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