Advisor

O'Connell-Black, Christy A.

Committee Member

Minton, Sandra Cerny, 1943-

Department

Dance Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2016

Genre

Thesis

Extent

87 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

For this study a curriculum was designed which encouraged high school students to explore non-musical inspirations for their choreography. The questions of concern in this study were: 1) What are the effects of non-musical inspirations on high school student choreography? 2) What curriculum will be most effective for encouraging student creativity? 3) How will this new curriculum align with national and state curriculum standards? 4) Will students and audiences be emotionally connected to compositions created this way? Students were led through a series of choreographic and improvisational lessons, and at the conclusion of the lessons students rehearsed selected pieces of choreography and performed in a concert. Audience members were asked their thoughts about the performance to gauge if there was a connection to the dance pieces performed, and if they preferred this concert to previous concerts. This study informed the creation of a comprehensive research-based choreography curriculum for a public high school dance program.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Language

English

Local Identifiers

WilliamsThesis2016

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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