An Analysis of Ratings Assigned to String Musicians’ Performances at Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment Events
The purpose of this study was to identify the influence of event type (solo and ensemble), school level (middle and high school), and event level (district and state) on overall performance ratings assigned to string musicians attending solo and ensemble festivals. Data consisted of participants’ (N = 10,275) ratings from district - and state-level solo and ensemble festivals sponsored by the Florida Orchestra Association from 2010 to 2014. Participants performed more solo events (n = 6,745) than ensembles (n = 3,530). Performances by middle school string players (n = 5,403) outnumbered those from high school (n = 4,872). Ninety-five percent of all participants (n = 9,761) earned a I/Superior or II/Excellent rating. Solo performances received more favorable ratings than ensemble performances at district festivals. However, ensembles were assigned more favorable ratings at state festivals. Evaluations of middle and high school participants’ performances were similar. District festival performances received more favorable ratings than state festival performances. With the increased importance of student data, student participation at adjudicated festivals, and providing a positive musical experience for students, directors may use these results to help their students receive beneficial assessments that influence long-term success.
String Research Journal
Pope, David A. and Mick, James P., "An Analysis of Ratings Assigned to String Musicians’ Performances at Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment Events" (2015). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 982.