Research Projects / Presentation

Your presentation to your class will be in the form of a brief professional conference presentation. Each group will have 10 minutes - 6 for presentation and 3-4 for questions and answers and discussion. Each member of your team should be prepared to speak for about 2 minutes.

Coordinate the content of your remarks so that you cover all the information, and that each of you presents different information. Please don't be the one who can say only "as .... just said." If you feel most comfortable writing your part of the presentation and reading it to your audience, you may do so. Even if you don't want to read it as part of the presentation, you will want to write a draft to organize your thoughts.

Visual aids are not necessary for your presentation, but you may want to consider them as an enrichment.

Power point is available in your presentation room. Plan ahead. Be sure that the equipment you need is available, set up and working prior to your presentation. Practice using the system ahead of time.

Or, you may want to use handouts.

Dress professionally for your presentation.

Phases of the Research Project:

Week 4. February 4 - Select Research groups: Each group should include at least one instrumental and one vocal person.

Present three possible topics, in order of preference: Topics should be broad and relate to all aspects of music teaching - philosophical, pedagogical, etc. For example, one of the topics last year was “Choosing the Right Music Literature for Choirs and Bands. This did not suggest any specific pieces, rather it presented steps of the process of selecting the pieces - what to consider in making the decisions. “Fund raising” is not an acceptable topic.

Week 5. February 11 - Submit bibliography (in proper bibliographic form). Include at least two books, at least two journal articles and at least two web sites for a total of eight sources. (Yes, that means there will be more than 2 of something.) Choose web sites that are of the scholarly nature and properly documented.

NOTE: Your LSEM included a section on using the library and doing research. If you have specific questions, please ask. Otherwise, your instructor assumes that you know how to do this kind of research and how to use good judgement in selecting your sources.

NOTE: Be sure that your instructor can tell what kind of resource each is. And, include the title of your research at the top of the page.

Week 7. February 25 - Submit revised bibliography (Try to be 100% accurate in week 5 so you don’t have to do this revision.)
        Select dates for presentations (schedule the conference presentations)

Week 9. March 18 - Identify division of the content responsibilities: Who will talk about what? This should include a brief introduction and about 20-50 words describing the research content for each person. Plan the organization carefully. Avoid duplication.

Week 10. March 25 - Paragraph for the printed program: project abstract: This paragraph should be approximately 100 words and should be written to attract the conference-goers to your presentation. Please submit electronically by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Week 11. April 1 - confirm the program.

Weeks 11-14. Schedule Below - Presentations: There will be a printed program, and we will carry this out as if it were a VMEA conference presentation. Please remember to dress appropriately. Before you begin, please hand your instructor a copy of your speech or a detailed outline (for each presenter) of what you plan to say.


Topics and Groups - Spring, 2015




April 8
Incorporating Special Needs Students into the Music Classroom
Lauren, Emily, Ellie
  Deciding What Age Group to Teach
Carlito, Haley

April 15
Transitioning from Middle School to High School Choir or Band
Laura, Lucas, Cameron
  Choosing the appropriate Repertoire
Adam, Cody, Akim

April 22
How to Implement Practice Techniques into your Music Repertoire
Daryl, Stacie, Kirsten

Your grade (7 points) will be figured as follows:
Content - 4
      Thorough coverage of the topic
      Contributions by all members of the panel
      Logical organization of material and flow
      Internalization of content; understanding and insight
      Proper use of sources and citations
      Grammar and pronunciation
Presentation- 3
      Projection and enunciation
      Eye contact, posture, demeanor
      Use of visual aids or other materials
      Fielding questions, discussion
      Pacing, use of time
      Promptness, timeliness

page last updated on March 18, 2015