The Comparative Effectiveness of Teaching Beat Detection through Movement and Singing among Kindergarten Students
AdvisorCooper, Shelly C
Committee ChairCooper, Shelly C
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to determine if beat detection and beat competency (i.e. maintaining a steady beat) could be more effectively taught through movement, singing, or a combination of the two. Subjects (N =102) were kindergarten students from an elementary school in the Southwest. Students completed a pretest and posttest to assess beat detection ability; the test measured their ability to tap a steady beat with and without music. Subjects received instruction in one of three methods for a six-week period: singing, movement, or a combination of the two. Data analysis results revealed a significant (p < .05) difference between the pretest and the posttest scores for all three groups; subjects appeared to show progress in the ability to detect and maintain a beat with all three instructional methods. There was no significant difference, however, in the progress between the groups; each method of instruction yielded similar improvement.