Academic journal article Contributions to Music Education

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Academic journal article Contributions to Music Education

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This issue of Contributions to Music Education includes an interesting array of reports of research investigating diverse areas of music education. Phillip M. Hash examined undergraduate non-music major preferences for Western art music. His findings bear consideration by persons teaching collegiate music appreciation classes, as well as others interested in introducing Western art music to new listeners. Especially intriguing are his results related to the influence of prior musical training, timbre, texture, and referential elements on participants' preferences.

For many years, the Wisconsin Music Educators Association has promoted curricular models for music educators interested in providing comprehensive musical learning experiences for students. In a look back at the origins of Wisconsin's Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project, Laura K. Sindberg provides insights regarding the people, events, and other influences that contributed to its creation. In their study, Timothy A. and Phyllis M. Paul examined a very practical aspect of brass pedagogy, the effect of syllable use on the execution of slurred passages. The Paul's findings have implications for teachers of brass instrumentalists, particularly those working with younger players.

A concern of instrumental music teachers, one that may be even more pronounced in trying economic times, is the issue of access to quality instruments for all students who desire to participate in band or orchestra. …

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