ERIC Number: ED440043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Improving Music Reading Skills among Second Grade Students.
This project describes a program designed to improve the music reading abilities of second grade children. The intention is to discover the best possible method of teaching students basic rhythmic and melodic skills. When combined, these skills will not only increase students' understanding of the language of music, but will also increase self-esteem in students when they experience greater success in the classroom. This study was made up of second grade students of a large elementary school located in a middle class community near a large Midwestern metropolitan area. The lack of music reading skills was observed by the music teacher and documented through student surveys. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students lack basic skills involving rhythm, melody, harmony, and keyboard. Students often struggle through elementary music by imitating, rather than actually reading. A suggested solution to this problem is to discover the method of teaching music reading that will improve the greatest number of skills for the greatest number of students. Chapters include: (1) "Problem Statement and Context"; (2) "Problem Documentation"; (3) "The Solution Strategy"; and (4) "Project Results." Appendixes contain surveys and additional information. (Contains 26 references and 14 tables.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.