A survey of current practices in the teaching of college and university music appreciation classes with implications for teaching the course in Kuwait's College of Basic Education

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Music Education

First Committee Member

J. David Boyle - Committee Chair


The purpose of the present study was twofold: (1) to examine current practices in the teaching of college and university music appreciation classes and (2) to develop guidelines for the teaching of a music appreciation course for the Kuwait College of Basic Education. A survey was sent to 200 randomly selected college and university teachers who list music appreciation as a teaching specialization in the Directory of Music Faculties in Colleges and Universities, U.S. and Canada, 1999--2000. The course development portion of the study was limited to the selection and adaptation of materials for a general education course with a limited time frame (two hours per week) for Kuwait College of Basic Education students preparing to teach in academic areas other than music.There were 103 responses to the 200 questionnaires. The most frequently used textbooks were Kamien's Music, An Appreciation and Machlis and Forney's The Enjoyment of Music. The primary types of instruction were lecture, guided listening, and audio-visual presentations. Most courses included study of music fundamentals and focused on Western art music. Objective tests and listening tests were the primary means for evaluation of student achievement.The guidelines developed include goals of the course, instructional units and content areas, objectives for each unit, and recommended source materials for each unit.


Music; Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Education, Higher

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