2019 PMEA/NAfME EASTERN DIVISION CONFERENCE

April 4-7, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA

Finding Time for Creative Musical Activities in Undergraduate Curricula

Friday, April 5 - 1:00-2:00pm

This study compared pre-service teachers’ and teacher educators’ self-reported experiences with Creative Musical Activities (CMAs) and their perceived levels of importance in both undergraduate curricula and preK-12 music instruction. In this session, we will report findings from the study and share practical suggestions to integrate CMAs in undergraduate curricula.

Presenters: Erik S. Piazza, Brent C. Talbot, PhD

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association 2018 Annual Conference
Research-to-Practice Presentation

CREATIVE MUSICAL ACTIVITIES TO ENHANCE ACHIEVEMENT IN ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS

This presentation discussed the results of my 2017 survey, designed to examine school music teachers’ beliefs regarding creative musical activities and their inclusion in practice. Pearson correlations and multivariate regression analysis revealed significant positive associations between the amount of time teachers spend discussing CMAs and the frequency with which they are integrated into the classroom. A small, but significant, negative correlation existed between small group lesson time and CMAs. This research suggests that promoting discourse among teachers and increasing pre-service music teacher creative experiences may increase the inclusion of creative musical activities in the classroom.

New York State School Music Association, 2017 Winter Conference
Poster Session
Saturday, December 2 - 9:30am

CREATIVE MUSICAL ACTIVITIES IN ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS

The purpose of this study was to examine school music teachers’ beliefs regarding creative musical activities and their inclusion in practice. I distributed a survey to New York State School Music Association members (N = 4,299), then analyzed qualitative and quantitative data from 252 respondents.

National Association for Music Education, 2013 Biennial Conference
Presentation

"SMART" SIGHTREADING: ACTION RESEARCH IN THE HIGH SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

This presentation detailed the goal-setting process, results, and collaboration of the teachers in the high school instrumental department as they used data collection, reflection, and targeted instructional strategies to address individual student growth in the area of sightreading. This session discussed the definition, description and development of practical action research protocols through the parallel actions of the sightreading SMART Goal. Creswell (2005) suggested eight steps when conducting an action research study, and comparisons were made between the two structures, with an extended focus on developing and implementing a plan of action to increase student learning.