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- ItemA Study of Individual and Collective Brazilian Subjectivity through the Makings of the EP (C)ASA(Houghton University, 2021-03-30) Suzano Fernandes Lima, Milena(C)ASA is a subjective expression of the collective and individual Brazilian consciousness into a post-modern social context. It does not give emphasis to exoticism but to the issues, suffering, desire and, of course, consciousness of this group of people. The purpose of this paper is to analyze and describe this subjectivity through the music production process of the EP. In this paper, the music production process is treated as a symbolic speech act. All creational processes will be described and analyzed through a psychoanalytical lens in order to elaborate their symbolism. This paper will document all technical decisions made during the construction of the EP as well as clarify some characteristics of music production. It is important to clarify that the post-production phase – mixing or mastering – will not be covered, but the compositional and recording process only. Finally, the thoughts written on following pages exist to demonstrate how art is functioning in a deeper level of expression in the musical work of (C)ASA. Here, music is not expressing the artist’s self only, but the context in which they live. In other words, it is portraying an individual and collective identity.
- ItemA Survey of New York State Schools’ Participation in NYSSMA Band Festival to Determine Correlation between Repertoire and Increased Score Rating & Evaluate Commonly Performed Works for Artistic and Educational Value(Houghton University, 2018-04-22) Libby, NathanielWind bands in New York public schools have the opportunity to be evaluated by a panel of judges regarding their performance according to the standards of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) annual band festivals. This study aimed to garner NYSSMA band festival score ratings and works performed from a select variety of New York public schools to determine if there was any correlation between work performed and ensemble growth as shown by score rating improvement. Of the thirty-three schools that responded to the survey, only eighteen had attended a NYSSMA band festival over the past five years. A correlation test for the eighteen schools’ data for the past five years (2013-2017) found a .41 correlation between NYSSMA levels and score ratings, however the sample size is too small to be statistically significant. This study also evaluated the six most commonly performed works reported for their artistic and educational merit according to Acton Ostling Jr.’s study Specific Criteria for Serious Artistic Merit and considerations for educational merit from Lynn G. Cooper’s Teaching Band & Orchestra: methods and materials. The six most common works performed were Malcolm Arnold’s Prelude, Siciliano & Rondo, Sousa’s The Liberty Bell, Brian Balmages’ Elements, Robert W. Smith’s The Great Locomotive Chase, James Swearingen’s Novena, Rhapsody for Band, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Flourish for Wind Band. These works were found to have some artistic value and significant educational value.
- ItemA Survey to Determine if Teachers Believe They are Prepared to Include Children with Autism(Houghton University, 2014-05-01) Alessi, NoahThere are more and more cases of Autism reported every day. Music educators, just like every other teacher, have to learn to teach these students. Through a survey teachers were asked how they perceived they were teaching students with Autism along with how involved they were in preparing for said students. The results stated that teachers feel they are not prepared to teach students with Autism and are not very involved in preparing for them. Through the survey the reader can see that music educators could be better prepared for the increasing number of students with Autism entering their classrooms each year.
- ItemAmelia Grace Makus, soprano and Alana Cross, Piano(Houghton College, 2019-11-06) Houghton College EMA Studios
- ItemAn Exploration of the Orchestra in the Twenty-First Century(Houghton University, 2016-04-29) Efthimiou, NathanielThe purpose of this study is to research and explore some of the challenges that the orchestra has faced since the turn of the century. The orchestra is one of the most recognized musical organizations in western culture. Even still, recent statistics show that orchestra audiences are dwindling. There are many ways in which orchestras have attempted to curb these patterns, including new concert models, new organizational structures, and new educational programs. All of these methods and more have been met with varying degrees of success.