The Choral Literacy Crescendo: Creating a Music Literacy Curriculum Aimed at Turning Up the Volume on Music Literacy Proficiency of Secondary Level Learning
Gentile, Rita Nicole
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The lack of common music literacy curriculums in secondary choral programs has affected proficiency levels of choral students continuing into high school ensembles. Students are receiving different levels of instruction in each middle school program, and then trying to merge successfully into entry level high school ensembles at widely varying skill levels. These deficiencies prove problematic for middle school and high school directors alike. Middle school directors are faced with creating lessons for each of their ensembles, without any common threads connecting their classroom to others across the district. This in turn creates many challenges for high school directors who receive these students into a melting pot of skill levels. High school directors must then re-appropriate their ensemble time to teaching basic music literacy skills to bring students up to speed. The culminating project of this thesis is a bound student workbook that provides a Choral Music Literacy curriculum resource for teachers, and written reinforcement activities to aid students. This workbook is intended to be used as a common curriculum resource at the middle school level, assuring that all students enter high school with a common set of basic music literacy skills.