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ERIC Number: ED102089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 9
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Effect of Participating in a Structured Classical Musical Education. Program on the Development of Auditory Discrimination Skills in Pre-School Children.
Turnipseed, Jorja P.; And Others
Preschool children participated in a classical music program to determine the effects of the program on their auditory discrimination skills. The development of auditory discrimination skills, considered a leading factor in reading readiness, is one of the objectives of the music program. Other objectives include emotional growth, experience in dramatic play, a broadened knowledge of music, fun and enjoyment, and development of increased attention span, direction-following skills, and cognitive skills. Seventy-seven five-year-olds, divided into experimental and control groups, were the subjects of the study. Weekly musical experiences for the experimental group grew from 20 to 50 minutes in length as the school year progressed. At the end of the program all children were tested using the Metropolitan Achievement Test, Slosson Intelligence Tests, and Wepman's Auditory Discrimination Test. The results showed better developed auditory skills for the experimental group and greater ability to handle instructional tasks. In addition, music learning appeared to cut through all teacher-observed I. Q. levels and maturity and age levels, and the children never tired of hearing the works. The usefulness of these results for curriculum developers wishing to integrate affective and skill level behaviors is suggested in the study. (JH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Conference (3rd, New Orleans, Lousiana, November 1974)