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Title:The construction and validation of a scale of band intonation
Author(s):Freeman, Alan Dean
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Peters, G. David
Department / Program:Fine Arts
Education, Teacher Training
Discipline:Fine Arts
Education, Teacher Training
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Fine Arts
Education, Teacher Training
Abstract:A survey of related literature indicated a widespread interest in the attainment of good band intonation but an absence of tools for its evaluation.
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a scale of band intonation. In order to accomplish this the following questions were answered: (1) What aspects of band intonation can be assessed? (2) What type of rating scale can be developed for judging band intonation? (3) What problems can be identified in using the rating scale approach to band intonation evaluation? (4) To what extent is the scale a valid instrument for the assessment of band intonation? (5) To what extent is the scale a reliable instrument?
An advisory panel assisted in the construction and testing of preliminary and final forms of the scale. Also, a pilot test was performed.
Data collected from the final form instrument was tested using Spearman Rank Order Coefficients of.881 and.932; Kendall W's of.692 and.764; and Pearson r's of.909,.770,.221,.933,.888, and.958. These coefficients were significant with the exception of one Pearson r (.221). If this outlier score is eliminated the mean of the coefficients is elevated from.789 to.891.
The following uses of the scale would seem to be in order: (1) evaluation of band progress and improvement of instructing; (2) along with other materials used in the training of future conductors; and (3) along with rating sheets currently used at band contests and festivals.
Recommendations for further research are: (1) The development of scales for other instrumental groups. (2) Research to determine the validity of scale when used to assess live performances. (3) Research to determine the effectiveness of various intonation teaching techniques. (4) The development of a scale to assess intonation for longer excerpts.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Freeman, Alan Dean
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9136593
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9136593

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