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This study examined the reasons choral directors take their ensembles to competitions. Choral directors (N=183) in ten states were surveyed to determine the reasons they and their students participate in competitions; the importance of competition participation to themselves, students, administrators, and parents; their preferences for award systems; their competition budget; the influence on their repertoire choices; and their required personnel for competition participation. Additionally, responses were compared by choir type (concert choir and show choir). Results indicated that educators participate in competitions in order to motivate students toward their musical achievement goals, while the educators' perceived their students prefer to attend competitions to attain ratings and recognition. Show choirs were shown to spend substantially more time and money on competition participation and attend twice as many competitions. Implications for choral music educators and areas for future research are addressed.
Concert Choir, Extrinsic Motivation, Music Competition, Music Education, Show Choir, Token Economy
Date of Defense
June 9, 2014.
A Dissertation submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
Kimberly VanWeelden, Professor Directing Dissertation; Bruce Holzman, University Representative; André Thomas, Committee Member; Kevin Fenton, Committee Member; Alice-Ann Darrow, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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