ERIC Number: ED341364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of a Technology in Music Programme. Technical Report 91-2, Revised Version.
Clarkson, Austin E.; Pegley, Karen
An innovative intermediate music programme was instituted at an elementary school in a middle class suburban area in Canada. The music teacher at the school designed a unique curriculum, the Technology in Music Programme (TIMP), for a classroom equipped with microcomputers, sequencers, drum machines, music instrument digital interface (MIDI) technology, MIDI wind instruments, and a sound editing and production facility. The aim of the curriculum was to cultivate creative activities in music including improvising, arranging, composing, sound production, performing, and listening in a collaborative, discovery-learning environment. The TIMP curriculum was assessed to determine whether the overall goals and educational objectives of the core music curriculum were being met. Thirty-three students from grades 7 and 8 were tested and observed, and parents and school staff were interviewed on the TIMP. At the end of the program students were asked to complete a course evaluation questionnaire in which they ranked the activities in order of preference and wrote down what they learned in each. Results indicate that students were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about and highly motivated by the TIMP. Of the educational objectives, 52% were achieved, in some cases more fully than would be expected in a traditional music program. It was concluded that computer assisted instruction and electronic music technologies have the potential for greatly enhancing the teaching of music at the intermediate level, with the degree of enhancement depending on the music readiness prepared in grades K to 6 with respect to singing, performing on classroom instruments, staff notation, listening, improvising, and moving and dramatizing to music. Student, parent, and staff questionnaires are appended. (72 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: York Univ., North York (Ontario). Centre for the Study of Computers in Education.