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Title:Processes of musical composition facilitated by digital music equipment
Author(s):Ladanyi, Kay Shuart
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Tozer, Steven E.
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Education, Music
Education, Secondary
Education, Technology of
Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Abstract:The aim of this study was to provide insight into the processes experienced by high school students who compose music with digital music equipment. Using a qualitative format, the study sought to achieve a better understanding of processes, patterns, structures, and outcomes which emerge during musical composition. Since musical composition is a personal experience, the study also looked for the musical relationships developed between the individual participants and their music.
Information in each case study narrative includes: (a) a personal history profile; (b) a description of the essential nature of the student's motivation for composition; (c) a description of the student's compositional process; (d) a description of the student's individual compositional style; (e) the identification of new elements that emerged in the compositional style of the student over the period of observation; (f) a description of individual personality traits while working in the lab; (g) a description of how the student responded to the technology; and finally, (h) a narrative of the student's experience during the final project.
Three key issues emerged from the analysis: (a) all of the students in the study did in fact complete musical compositions; (b) while the students appeared to illustrate three different types of compositional enterprise, the processes employed by all four greatly resembled those described by numerous professional composers; (c) opportunities for individualization facilitated by the equipment provided an ideal environment for intrinsic motivation which in turn permitted students to discover through immersion.
The phenomena described give reason to seriously reflect on several important issues: (a) the fact that many students seem to have creative potential; (b) the importance of helping students experience self-actualization through creativity; (c) the importance of being open to alternative means for effective learning; (d) the possibility of a changing role for music educators, one which entails more comprehensive training.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Ladanyi, Kay Shuart
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9543638
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9543638

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