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ERIC Number: ED375035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 8
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An Examination of Selected Aspects of Pitch-Matching Problems among Children.
Howle, Mary Jeanette
Research Perspectives in Music Education, n3 p22-27 Fall 1992
This article presents findings from the literature and professionals of music education concerning the characteristics of problem singers, the manifestations of the problem, suggested causes of poor singing, and possible procedures for correcting the problem. It also attempts to determine any parallels between existing research findings and informal observation. In an attempt to learn more about children who cannot match pitch, research was conducted in the related professional literature, knowledgeable teachers were asked to participate in interviews and to complete questionnaires, and work was done with children who had problems singing. All teachers contacted for this study cited problems with children who cannot sing well and had tried many different ideas to help correct the problem. Several areas have been investigated by researchers in an attempt to gain insight into the inability to sing. No one characteristic appears to be a common cause for poor singing. Factors that do seem to be prevalent in the discussion of the problem singer include: (1) gender; (2) motivation; (3) age, accuracy in singing improves with age; and (4) solo and group singing. Some children, especially prior to sixth grade, match pitch when singing alone but have difficulty when singing in a group. Manifestations of the problem are grouped into incorrect pitch, speaking singers, dependence, and coordination. Causes of poor singing include home environment, perception, melodic content, text, and range and tessitura. Social factors, experience, and education are discussed. Remedial techniques are suggested. (DK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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