Observation and Evaluation of Two Composer-Teachers of Pre-College Piano

by Tu, Chia-Fang

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between composing and teaching piano music, and to reveal the definitive characteristics of composer-teachers' teaching styles. Two currently active composer-teachers had agreed to participate in this study. The observation of subjects' teaching was analyzed using the computer software program-SCRIBE in order to obtain quantitative data. In the observation analyses, both teacher behaviors and student behaviors were observed and documented systematically. The observed teacher behaviors include giving information, giving directive instruction, asking questions, giving feedback and modeling. The observed student behaviors include student playing, asking questions, talking on or off task, achieving performance goals or not achieving performance goals. In addition, an interview protocol was used to collect the qualitative data for this study. The interview protocol consisted of ten questions regarding the composer-teachers' musical background, composition experiences, and the relationship between composing and teaching piano music. The results provided specific data on the subjects' teaching behaviors and students' learning processes. The interviews also revealed the relationship between composing and teaching piano music and the reward of being a multi-tasked musician. The results and the discussion may serve as a resource for other piano teachers. This study may also provide a model of successful composer-teachers for teachers who are interested in composing for their students.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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