This work explores the occurrence of school sponsored rock music ensembles and pedagogy in secondary education within the state of New Jersey. The purpose of this research was three–fold: 1) to document the occurrence of rock music performance ensembles in New Jersey secondary schools, 2) to highlight the details of a select group representing a sample of these programs, and 3) to contribute to the body of knowledge relating to rock music in the school curriculum. A two part, mixed–methods research process involved the use of both a quantitative survey instrument and a qualitative interview process. The part one survey was distributed to 720 public secondary schools across the state of New Jersey. Questions were written to seek data regarding school population, budget, types of music programs available to students, regional classifications, and enrollment. Based on survey data, five programs, in which students learn and perform rock music using authentic rock music instrumentation, were selected for part two faculty interviews. These interviews uncovered reasons for the existence of these programs (i.e. teacher and student interest), information about student participation, instrumentation, relationships to the other music programs within the school, intended outcomes, measures of success, and the existence of authentic learning, informal learning practices, and the concept of bi–musicality.
|Commitee:||Marcone, Stephen, Newman, Timothy U.|
|School:||The William Paterson University of New Jersey|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Performing Arts, Music education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Bi-musical, Informal learning, Music curriculum, New jersey secondary education, Popular music, Rock music|
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