Examining variations in music publisher grade levels when compared to individual instrument parts in band music (Prof. Christopher Dobbins)

1 student is sought for a project on “Examining variations in music publisher grade levels when compared to individual instrument parts in band music” with Prof. Christopher Dobbins that will begin on 6/1/2024 and last for 10 weeks

Project Description:

I wish to examine variations in music publisher grade levels assigned to band pieces and whether individual parts tend to be easier or more difficult within these overall grade levels and why. To do so, we will examine a number of pieces of music part by part using the American Band College grade level guidelines. We will look for trends in difficulty variation and, if variation exists, work to develop guidelines for band directors to make parts more accessible and/or more challenging depending on their student needs.

Prerequisites

Student researchers should be fluent in music reading and music analysis.

Special Comments

Project Information

Estimated Start Date: 6/1/2024

Estimated End Date: 8/9/2024

Maximum number of students sought: 1

Contact Information: Prof. Christopher Dobbins (dobbinsc@wlu.edu)