Computer Software

"Just the Facts, Please" - drill and practice on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; continues to re-present missed items at end of main series until all answers are correct; contains varied visual and auditory positive and negative reinforcers (1981).

"Do We Agree?" - subject-verb agreement drill; presents random mix of subject-predicate combinations containing both accurate and inaccurate constructions; student must recognize and correct errors; contains varied reinforcers (1982).

"Song Life-Cycle" - interactive instructional software for use with lesson on folk and art song and how representatives of each genre are created, how they endure, and how they ultimately die out. Each student gets to keep a copy of the accompanying flowchart (1982).

"SPEKTOR: a High-Tech Coding System for Today's Agent" - supports an extended creative recreational activity for gifted students. Participants are divided into two or more cadres of spies who, using a randomly selected starter story based on current international situations, try to outwit each other through the use of electronically encoded messages, through the interception of these messages and/or the capture of the other side's codebooks (i.e., disks containing the codes), and through the use of disinformation. The game can continue over a period of days or even weeks, until the participants either determine a clear victor or end the game by mutual consent (1983).


Children's Songs

"The Ballad of Roy G. Biv" - musical fantasy about the building of a rainbow bridge in the sky; teaches the colors of the rainbow in proper sequence - 1989. Companion book in preparation, with possibility of CD-ROM edition being explored.

"Crammin' Rap" - rhythmic cheer with instrumental ritornello; stresses the virtues and benefits of study -1989.

"I'm a Little Leprechaun" - song/dance in style of Irish jig, for Saint Patrick's Day and/or springtime in general - 1992. Optional pennywhistle and bodhran acompaniments also playable on transverse or recording flute and any small drum or tambourine.

"Mountain Child's Carol" - Christmas piece in style of Appalachian riddle song (unison vocal, with bell and optional piano or harp accompaniment) - 1984.

"Seein' Things at Night" - unison vocal setting (with computer generated banjo accompaniment) of a Eugene Field classic - 1990.

"Spring's Awakening" - seasonal unison choral piece in style of Southern Uplands folksong - 1985.


Winter Holiday Programs (unpublished)

"Christmas in Story and Song" - children discuss the history of some favorite holiday songs and sing them as they decorate a room for Christmas.

"A High-Tech Holiday" - a team of newscasters, with a support team of on-site reporters who have traveled in time machines, tell the historical and social backgrounds of favorite Christmas songs from the Middle Ages through modern times.


Interdisciplinary Unit

"Don't Hang with a Gang: the Story of Carmen" - winner of 1993 Impact II grant. See separate description.


Academic Publications and Presentations

See separate webpage.


Other Writings

"'Soft' Courses are Vital," in "Viewpoints," Houston Chronicle, December 21, 1993. Co-authored with Polly R. Bevil.

Commentaries and responses on AMS-L and other online forums for academics and educators.




Dr. J. Marshall Bevil is a native of Houston, where he also currently lives. He is both a string music educator and a musicologist (B.Mus. with honors, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1970; M.Mus. - Musicology, University of North Texas, 1973; Ph.D. - Musicology, University of North Texas, 1984) with specialization in the history of bowed string instruments, oral-aural musical transmission, British and British-American folk music, and British academic music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His doctoral dissertation has been published by University Microfilms, International (UMI No. 8423854, "Dissertation Services"), and he has published post-doctoral studies in professional journals and presented papers in his areas of specialization at regional, national, and international academic convocations in both the United States and Great Britain. He also is the author of encyclopedia articles on John Avery Lomax, Alan Lomax, and Percy Aldridge Grainger; and he has published on the Internet. In addition to his pedagogic and academic pursuits, he is a performer on the Welsh crwth, a composer and arranger for string and vocal ensembles (publications on, from December of 2004), and a forensic musicological consultant and expert witness  in copyright and intellectual property misappropriation disputes ( links:  1    2  )