ERIC Number: ED336072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Improving Retention in Music Fundamentals through the Use of Computer Based Instruction.
The goal of this practicum was to increase the retentive skills of sixth graders in the area of elementary music reading and writing. A secondary goal of the study was to introduce music education teachers to the use of computer-assisted instruction in elementary general music class. For 12 weeks, 88 sixth graders learned music using computer-assisted instructional programs. "Music Fundamentals," published by Silver Burdett, was chosen as the courseware. Students worked in pairs on the notes of the treble clef scale, rhythms, and the piano keyboard. Each class began and ended with a review of the material that was presented on computer screens, and records were kept of student notetaking. Students completed several assignments that demonstrated retention of the material taught via the computers. After 3 months of implementation, children demonstrated retention in areas of rhythm and melody by successfully completing the unit with limited review, and members of the education staff reported that the students' level of motivation had increased. It is noted that instructional effectiveness still requires that attention be paid to the level of development of the students using the software, and that traditional as well as nontraditional educational strategies be used, such as the Kodaly method of applied music education. The report concludes with a recommendation that the study be expanded to include other grade levels for greater amounts of time. (45 references) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.