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Effect of Conductor Magnitude on Students' Perceptions of Inspiration

Title: The Effect of Conductor Magnitude on Students' Perceptions of Inspiration.
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Name(s): Ramos, David Joseph, author
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Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2020-04-18
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Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this thesis was to examine whether different levels of conductor magnitude affect students’ perceptions of inspiration in a rehearsal setting. This thesis sought to answer the following questions: (1) To what degree do high and low levels of conductor magnitude affect a volunteer collegiate choir’s musical performance of a piece of music? (2) How often does utilizing high or low aspects of conductor magnitude (i.e., conductor gesture, verbal activity, facial expression, verbal inflection, and posture) inspire students? (3) How deeply or strongly does utilizing high or low aspects of conductor magnitude inspire students? (4) Is there a relationship between aspects of conductor magnitude and students’ perceptions of inspiration? A volunteer men’s choir composed of undergraduate students (n = 46) was subjected to six 15-minute rehearsal treatments. Rehearsals were conducted by an experimental conductor who alternated between high and low magnitude from one rehearsal to the next. After each rehearsal, undergraduate participants completed a response sheet containing definitions of all aspects of conducting listed previously. These definitions were followed by questions used to measure “how often” and “how deeply or strongly” participants were inspired. This sheet also asked if participants “perceived a sense of inspiration during rehearsal.” Questions provided used 7-point Likert type scales to rate frequency and intensity of perceived inspiration. After all treatments were conducted, 20 graduate music education students completed a musical performance post-test in order to assess whether high and low magnitude affected musical performance of the ensemble. With regards to each research question respectively, overall results from rehearsal treatments and musical assessment post-tests indicated the following: (1) low and high conductor magnitude had little effect on musical performance assessments. (2) Minimal connection was observed between high and low conductor magnitude and how often students were inspired. When comparing high rehearsal treatments and low rehearsal treatments separately, however, results did indicate increases over time for how often students were inspired. (3) Minimal connection was observed between high and low conductor magnitude, and how deeply or strongly students were inspired. When comparing high rehearsal treatments and low rehearsal treatments separately, however, results did indicate increases over time for how deeply or strongly students were inspired. (4) Minimal to no connection was observed between conductor magnitude and students’ perceptions of inspiration. When comparing high magnitude treatments and low magnitude treatments separately, however, results did indicate an increase in perceptions of inspiration over time. Despite certain circumstances, including variable subject attendance that hindered the study, individual comments indicated that some participants did notice differences and inspirational moments. Participant and conductor comments are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1587257238_437f053e (IID)
Keywords: Conductor Magnitude, Inspiration, Student Perceptions, Rehearsal Process
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1587257238_437f053e
Host Institution: FSU

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Ramos, D. J. (2020). The Effect of Conductor Magnitude on Students' Perceptions of Inspiration. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1587257238_437f053e