ERIC Number: ED155126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The First National Assessment of Musical Performance, Report 03-MU-01.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The report summarizes results of a survey of musical performance abilities of Americans of various ages. During 1971 and 1972 a national assessment program was conducted to measure the musical abilities of nine-year-olds, 13-year-olds, 17-year-olds, and young adults from 26-35 years of age. Exercises were divided into five groups: singing familiar songs, repeating unfamiliar musical material, improvising, performing from notation, and performing a prepared piece. Results indicated that (1) in singing familiar songs, almost all individuals were able to maintain rhythmic patterns, but relatively few were accurate in pitch; (2) in repeating unfamiliar musical material, very few were able to repeat the melodic or harmonic patterns; and (3) in improvising melody, about half of the individuals from all four age groups attained acceptable scores. Very few individuals were able to accurately sight-read a line of music, either vocally or instrumentally. Although 25% of the population claimed to play an instrument, very few were able to give acceptable performances. A concluding section discusses performance levels of subgroups according to sex, race, parental education, region, and community type. (Author/AV) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Selective).
Descriptors: Ability, Academic Ability, Adults, Art Song, Comparative Analysis, Data Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Music, Music Reading, National Surveys, Singing, Skills, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Task Performance
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($0.55, paper cover)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Fund for the Advancement of Education, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Note: Not available in hard copy from EDRS due to small type size of parts of the original document