Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effect of an “informance” on a middle school student population's understanding of musical terms using Leonard Bernstein's “Young People's Concerts” as a model
by Nicolosi, Dennis John, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 113; 1472347
Abstract (Summary)

Today's middle school students show a lack of-attention during the typical school band and chorus concert, necessitating a need for the student audience to be educated about music while being entertained. From 1958-1972, Leonard Bernstein led the New York Philharmonic Symphony in a series of concerts for young audiences entitled the Young People's Concerts. This series was directed toward educating young audiences about music. Using Bernstein's method of instruction and performance as a model, which shall be referred to as an "informance," the question becomes whether it is possible to duplicate this process in a middle school setting.

The purpose of this study is to determine the best way to educate and entertain a middle school's student audience while generating interest in the music program. Using a pre- and post-concert survey, the researcher designed a concert program that educates and assesses the effectiveness of the informance, as well as entertains.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mitchell, Deborah H.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education
Publication Number: 1472347
ISBN: 978-1-109-47261-5
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