Examining the Relationship between Competition and the Curricular Practices of Choral Music Educators

Greg Johnson, Ball State University / Fishers High School


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between involvement in music competition and the curricular practices of choral music educators. The researcher created a questionnaire, which was sent via e-mail to the 450 practicing junior high or high school choral music educators in the state of Indiana; the Cronbach alpha score was calculated as .862 showing high internal consistency. A coefficient of stability was also calculated using test-retest methodology revealing high reliability (.943). Data from the respondents (n=149) were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Results revealed a significant low negative correlation between involvement in curricular show competition preparation and the music literacy score (r= -.175; p<.05). With further analysis a low correlation between music literacy practices and involvement in curricular competitive concert choir was found (r=.185; p<.05). A correlation of .228 was also found between the overall curricular score and time spent involving students in preparation for concert choir competitions; this finding was significant at the .01 level. ANOVA results determined differences between the curricular scores of large and small programs (F, 860); this finding was not significant at the .05 level. No significant difference was found between the scores of junior high and high school participants. Further research is needed to draw meaningful conclusions as to the effect of competition on choral music curriculum.