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Title:Multiple-Percussion Notation: The Effectiveness of Three Types of Staff Notation on Sight -Reading Ability
Author(s):Kamstra, Darin J.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Moersch, William
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:In a pilot study conducted with twenty-two undergraduate and graduate music majors specializing in percussion at a large midwestern university, results provide evidence that varying notation systems affect sight-reading accuracy primarily on large multiple-percussion setups. Subjects performed excerpts three times in each of the three systems of staff notation on two setups---one medium (seven instruments) and one large (thirteen instruments). Of the three main effects (setup, notation, and attempt), only setup is significant (F(1,20) = 55.622, p < 0.01). Furthermore, two statistically significant interactions occur: setup - notation (F(2,40) = 5.747, p < 0.01) and setup x notation x attempt (X(4,80) = 2.648, p < 0.05). All three systems---five-line, composite-system, and timbre-staff---result in roughly the same sight-reading accuracy on the medium setup (M = 12.79, M = 13.63, M = 12.54, respectively with a range of possible scores from 0--20); however, timbre-staff produced significantly higher accuracy on the large setup (M = 9.46) than five-line or composite-system notation (M = 3.92 and M = 5.51, respectively). Future research, guided by the current pilot study, may ultimately lead to suggestions for multiple-percussion notation based on setup size, configuration, and performance techniques; however, the variability of instruments in multiple-percussion setups require that such guidelines be flexible and generalized.
Issue Date:2006
Description:186 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3242889
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2006

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