A survey of the undergraduate instrumental conducting course In region seven of the national association of schools of music
Boardman, Shelly Marie
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The purpose of this study was to determine the content and current teaching practices in the undergraduate instrumental conducting course among institutions offering a degree or certification in music education, with an instrumental emphasis or concentration, within Region Seven of the National Association of Schools of Music. A survey of the teachers of the instrumental conducting course indicated the rank order of instructional categories taught or reviewed in this course was: Conducting Technique (93%), Conductor Attributes (91%), Rehearsal and Classroom Issues (69%), Musical Knowledge and Skills (68%), Ensemble Knowledge (59%), and Conducting History and Careers (39%). The conducting teachers used a five point Likert Scale to rate importance of in the instrumental conducting course. The rank order of importance of categories was: Conducting Technique, Conductor Attributes, Rehearsal and Classroom Issues, Musical Knowledge and Skills, Evaluation and Observation, Ensemble Knowledge, and Conducting History and Careers. In all comparisons between categories taught and categories rated as important to essential, the teachers of the instrumental conducting course rated these instructional categories as more important than the categories they listed as being taught in their courses. The teachers surveyed understand what is important in the development of the student conductor, yet what is taught in the class does not reflect their ratings of importance. The results of this survey indicate that teachers need to reconsider what they are teaching in the instrumental conducting course and to develop teaching strategies which incorporate all of the categories of instruction that they rated as important to essential. Their methods of assessment should be examined to determine whether or not these goals are being met. The implications of this study are that all of these instructional categories are essential in the instrumental conducting course in the collegiate preparation of conductors who will become music educators of future generations in our schools.