ERIC Number: ED032790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Experimental Study of the Effectiveness and Validity of an Automated Rhythm Training Program. Final Report.
Ihrke, Walter R.
A study was devised to determine the validity and effectiveness of applying automation comcpets to rhythm instruction in music. Students from two semesters of a music class for the classroom teacher were divided randomly into experimental and control groups with 21 in the former and 29 in the latter. The experimental group read music from a training manual, listened to a two-channel tape consisting of background music and model rhythm music, played a rhythmic sequence to the background music on an organ, and received feedback indicating rhythmic errors from an electronic rhythm monitor. Control group students received traditional course instruction. Pre- and posttests consisted of music selections for which the rhythm was recorded by students; the posttest selections were longer and more melodic, and were played with fewer repetitions than the pretest selections. Mann-Whitney U-test results showed a high degree of effectiveness and validity, indicating that automated rhythm training techniques are a useful supplement to music instruction. A rhythm training manual which was developed for the project is included. (SP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs.