Graduation Year


Graduation Month


Document Type

Professional Paper - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music Education

School or Department



Music Education

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Lori Gray

Faculty Mentor Department



choral classroom, sound ideal, differentiated instruction, learning styles, music education

Subject Categories

Educational Methods | Music Education


How can conductors utilize differentiated instruction to evoke the proper sound ideal for different choral works? In today’s society ensembles are primarily performance oriented. In order to prepare for a performance it is important to consider the characteristic tone quality of the style of pieces being sung, the sound ideal. To ensure success of each student it is crucial for the conductor to approach the sound ideal in a variety of ways so that everyone can be successful. The original research for this project was conducted in a local high school with a cooperating teacher during my undergraduate choral field experience. The information gathered during the literature review guided the design of this single case study. The study included multiple in-class demonstrations, which involved an array of choral arrangements. The selected arrangements supported different sound ideals that were achieved through several instructional methods. These pieces included “Swing Low!” by Audrey Snyder, “Laudamus te” by Antonio Vivaldi, “Two Poems of Emily Dickinson” by Neil Ginsberg, “Kyrie Eleison” by Dan Davison, “The Chariot Spiritual” by Donald Moore, “Her Voice” by Laura Farnell, “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre, “Gloria in excelsis” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and “If I Have My Ticket” by Donald Moore. At the end of the study, the students responded to survey questions related to the demonstrations and their perceived outcomes.

Honors College Research Project




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