School of Music


Doctor of Music Education (DME)


Thomas Goddard


Bibliographic Research, CMP, Music Education, Analysis, Outcomes, Strategies, Assessment, Music Selection


Educational Methods | Music


The concept of comprehensive musicianship has been discussed since the mid-sixties referring to the interdisciplinary study of music. Many directors focus solely on teaching performing skills such as rhythm and musical notation, limiting the student’s exposure to a well-rounded musical teaching experience. Comprehensive musicianship has shown an increase in student’s musical knowledge in history and enhanced musical theory skills, aural skills, performance skills and improvisation. Although there is significant research on high school bands and their implementation of comprehensive musicianship, there is limited research pertaining to the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) and the middle school band. This qualitative study will aim to define and understand the musical strategy of CMP and its methodology concerning to middle school bands utilizing data-driven best practices, unit planning, and lesson planning through bibliographic research within the discipline. Following the review of related literature, a series of Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance lesson plans and unit plans will be developed exhibiting CMP learning techniques within the middle school band ensemble. This study presents ideas based on CMP concepts used in music education: Analysis, Outcomes, Strategies, Assessment, and Music Selection. To structure the bibliographic research findings within the parameters of the performing ensemble, this study begins with an overview of the CMP concepts. The conclusion of this study will provide strategies and sample lessons that illustrate current research in data-driven best practices. The study presents examples of student enrichment exercises with the application of CMP formatted lesson and unit plans within the middle and secondary performing ensemble.