A study of choral repertoire in selected high schools and factors affecting its selection
By: John Lindsay Davis
Published: 1970
Uploaded: 10/19/2006
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Tags: Choral conducting, Choral singing, Instruction and study, Juvenile

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John Lindsay Davis
The purpose of this study is to identify and analyze: (1) the musical criteria used by high school choral conductors in selection of repertoire; (2) the factors external to the music itself that influence high school choral conductors in selection of repertoire; (3) the extent and kinds of diversity in the choral repertoire selected.
The questionnaire is formulated in three sections: (1) the choral conductor; (2) the high school choral programs; (3) the sources and criteria utilized in selection of choral repertoire. Four hundred high school choral conductors in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York received the questionnaire. Three hundred and three conductors replied. The tabulated data are the bases for the writing of this dissertation.
Chapter I indicates the need, purpose, and scope of the dissertation. Detailed procedures and anticipated outcomes are presented.
Chapter II deals with the high school choral music program. Changes of emphases in music education during the past ten years and the influence of these changes upon the high school choral program are presented.
Chapter III contains a description of the choral programs and conductors in the selected high schools. The choral repertoire of the schools is presented indicating the type of music and the number of selections utilized.
Chapter IV contains a discussion of the adequacy of the undergraduate training of the respondents on choral repertoire selection.
Chapter V presents data concerning the effect professional sources and other extra-musical factors have upon the selection of high school choral repertoire.
Chapter VI presents the influence of selected musical factors upon repertoire selection.
Chapter VII contains a summary of the study, conclusions, and recommendations.
1. Choral music of the twentieth century is the music most frequently utilized. Music of the Romantic, Classical, Baroque, and Renaissance Periods follow in rank order.
2. Sacred choral music is utilized more frequently than secular choral music.
3. The respondentsĘ undergraduate music education courses were inadequate for developing competency to select choral repertoire.
4. The three most important sources of exposure to choral repertoire utilized by the respondents are: (1) attendance at choral concerts; (2) participation in choral workshops, and (3) publishersĘ condensed scores.
5. Materials of professional music organizations are infrequently used in repertoire selection.
6. The three most important extra-musical factors in the selection of high school choral repertoire are: (1) ability of students to learn and perform; (2) number of programs presented, and (3) amount of rehearsal time.
7. Extra-musical factors ranked least important in repertoire selection are: (1) court rulings concerning religion in public schools; (2) administrative pressure to perform certain types of music and/or programs, and (3) recommended lists in textbooks.
8. The three most important musical factors in the selection of choral repertoire are: (1) music that will raise the standards of musical taste of the performer; (2) music worthy of required rehearsal time, and (3) vocal range of each part.
9. Musical factors that are of least importance are: (1) music easily memorized for performances; (2) arrangerĘs name; (3) music for choral-instrumental groups; (4) variety of keys (tonal centers), and (5) type and/or difficulty of the accompaniment.
10. Musical factors are much more important in the selection of choral repertoire than extra-musical factors.
1. High school choral conductors are fulfilling an important objective of music education in presenting students with a variety of choral literature representative of various periods and styles.
2. Choral conductors depend upon publishers to furnish suitable choral materials of high quality.
3. Lists of choral music released by music publishers and lists in textbooks are practically useless in the selection of choral repertoire.
4. Professional music organizations are not fulfilling their obligation to provide high school choral conductors with assistance in choral repertoire selection.
5. High school choral conductors are exposed in undergraduate school to little music applicable to high school teaching situations.

Sponsor: Frederick D. Mayer
Dissertation Committee: Gladys Tipton
Degree: Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University