ERIC Number: ED366310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-21
Reference Count: N/A
Music Appreciation and Technology: An Evaluation of a Creativity-Based Approach Using a MIDI Environment.
Woodruff, Ernest R.; Heeler, Phillip J.
One component of a model of creativity, the application of an understanding of elements, was explored through a study of college students applying their understanding of such musical elements as harmony, melody, rhythm, timbre, and dynamics. The 24 subjects were students in a music appreciation class, and the project was implemented using a microcomputer workstation with MIDI capabilities. Students first developed familiarity with the sequencing software and then practiced musical concepts by producing a melody. The Band-in-a-Box software program was used to produce accompaniment for their melodies. All but one subject completed the activities, and most completed them within the expected 2-hour time frame. To determine the effectiveness of this approach in facilitating learning musical concepts, a follow-up test was given at the end of the project. The mean score of the experimental group was higher than that of the 33-student control group, but the difference was not statistically significant. It is suggested that the creativity-based approach also yielded results not measured by the follow-up test, such as improved student attitude. Attachments present four lessons in the application of the sequencer. One table illustrates the discussion. (Contains 4 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Musical Instrument Digital Interface
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Technology and Education (March 21, 1993).