The purpose of the study was to provide a brief historical background of the development of hymn playing for piano in the United States, to present a general overview of ten hymn-playing methods written for piano, and to survey hymn-playing curricula in American Christian institutions of higher learning piano departments. The study surveyed American Christian institutional offerings, their curricular hymn-playing requirements of music degree programs with a major in piano, and the academic background and hymn-playing experience of the piano professor subjects.
The population of the survey consisted of 150 American Christian institutions of higher learning accredited by one or more of the following institutions: the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (AABC), Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), the Association for Biblical Higher Learning (ABHE), the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), and/or the American Educational Guidance Center (AEGC). The principal piano professor at each selected institution was requested to participate in the Internet-based survey. The survey produced a 29.33% response rate with a total of forty-four (44) participants in the study. The research instrument revealed that the majority of American Christian institutions of higher learning include music departments that offer primarily four-year Bachelor degrees. Although it is offered in various music courses, hymn playing is not part of the required piano curriculum of most of the selected institutions and the majority does not use a text for hymn-playing curricula but allows piano instructors the liberty to teach hymn-playing skills in a less structured format.
Further research regarding the prevalence of hymn playing in contemporary churches and the qualification of specific hymn-playing skills attained by the average church accompanist is necessary to determine if the hymn-playing curricula offered and/or required in American Christian institutions of higher learning are adequately preparing pianists for church music ministry.
|Commitee:||Fugo, Charles, Ottervik, Jennifer, Rackers, Joseph|
|School:||University of South Carolina|
|School Location:||United States -- South Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Music education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Christian college, Christian institution, Curricula, Hymn, Hymn-playing, Music, Piano, Piano departments, Survey, University|
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