June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.302.1 - 24.302.10
Competing with “Real Classes: The Value of Performing Ensemble Experiences for Non-Music MajorsDuring the fall semester of 2013, the Band and Orchestra Department at alarge Midwestern University partnered with a first-year engineeringdepartment to create a learning community for first-year students enrolled incommon music and engineering classes. Such a course was created sincerecent university data noted that students enrolled in performance ensembleswere found to have higher SATs, GPAs, and retention rates than students notenrolled in performance ensembles at the university. Among the objectives ofthis new course include (1) Identifying and understanding the importance ofmusic in society, (2) Explaining and demonstrating the connection of musicand engineering, (3) Creating an understanding of the campuses rich history,(4) Demonstrating uses of campus resources that will enable academicsuccess, (5) Participating in service projects for the Band and OrchestraDepartment, and (6) Exploring opportunities for participation in studentleadership positions within the band and orchestra department. In an effort toidentify possible benefits for students engaging in music activities duringtheir first year as engineers, authors developed a survey noting the extent towhich course objectives were met and the perceived benefits that studentsobtained from enrollment in the course. After presenting findings aboutstudents’ perceptions of the course and possible benefits, authors concludethe paper with a discussion about ways that engineering programs mightpartner with non-engineering departments to ensure that engineering studentsacquire professional skills and remain well-rounded students during their firstyear of college.
Cox, I., & Cox, M. F. (2014, June), Competing with “Real Classes”: The Value of Performing Ensemble Experiences for Non-Music Majors Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20193
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