Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

School

Music

Committee Chair

Dr. Gregory Fuller

Committee Chair School

Music

Committee Member 2

Dr. Edward Hafer

Committee Member 2 School

Music

Committee Member 3

Dr. Mark Malone

Committee Member 3 School

Music

Committee Member 4

Dr. Holly Foster

Committee Member 4 School

Education

Committee Member 5

Dr. Webb Parker

Abstract

A weighted rubric, created in a prior pilot study, used for adjudicating nine show choir competitions was statistically analyzed to determine reliability. A survey and ten interviews with adjudicators were examined to ascertain user perceptions. Results from an intraclass correlation coefficient indicate that the Tyson Rubric has excellent inter-rater reliability. Survey respondents indicated that the Tyson Rubric provides a step towards standardization in the genre of show choir, though improvements were suggested. Interviews were transcribed and coded, revealing themes of bias in show choir adjudication, the need for standardization in the genre, and the need for improved adjudication training. The study suggests that further research is needed to determine better practices in show choir adjudication due to a lack of empirical research in the genre.

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