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ERIC Number: ED040917
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An Analysis of Factors Related to Choral Teachers' Ability to Detect Pitch Errors While Reading the Score.
Gonzo, Carroll Lee
In order to determine whether differences exist between undergraduate music majors preparing for teaching careers in music and experienced secondary-level choral teachers in regard to their ability to detect pitch errors, a Pitch Error Detection (PED) test was developed, and a questionnaire designed to retrieve information about the subjects' musical education was devised. Statistical analysis of test results for 62 undergraduate music majors at the University of Wisconsin and 38 experienced secondary choral teachers in the state of Wisconsin indicated that there was no significant difference in the performance of the two groups, but that those teachers with 6 to 10 years of teaching experience did significantly better than the undergraduate music majors. It was also noted that subjects holding masters degrees (usually the same as those with 6 to 10 years of experience) performed better on the PED test than juniors, seniors, and bachelors degree holders, and that students who maintained an A average in 2 years of music theory did significantly better on the test than other students. These findings suggest that although teaching experience does not seem to contribute to improving competency in pitch error detection, graduate study and a good grasp of music theory may be related to this competency. (RT)
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