ERIC Number: EJ1152384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
A Comparative Analysis of Method Books for Class Jazz Instruction
Watson, Kevin E.
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, v36 n1 p5-11 Oct 2017
The purpose of this study was to analyze and compare instructional topics and teaching approaches included in selected class method books for jazz pedagogy through content analysis methodology. Frequency counts for the number of pages devoted to each defined instructional content category were compiled and percentages of pages allotted to each category were calculated. Analyses of supplementary media consisted of noting the duration in seconds that each excerpt devoted to illustrating concepts in each instructional content category. Results indicated that the largest amount of content was devoted to arrangements of tunes for group performance (34%), rhythm section pedagogy (13%), and suggested rehearsal techniques (10%). Of note, the categories of improvisation and aural training each comprised only 3% of the surveyed content. Pedagogical approaches to the emphasized instructional areas were identified and discussed within the context of prior research in jazz pedagogy.
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Books, Music, Content Analysis, Instructional Materials, Music Education, Music Teachers, Musical Instruments, Musicians, Statistical Analysis
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