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ERIC Number: EJ1073435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0265-0517
The Effects of Age, Gender and Language on Children's Singing Competency
Mang, Esther
British Journal of Music Education, v23 n2 p161-174 Jul 2006
Literature on children's singing development is largely skewed towards findings based on English-speaking children. The present study aims to fill the gap in research through an investigation of the effects of age, gender and language on the singing competency of Cantonese-speaking children. One hundred and twenty children aged 7 and 9 years participated in the study. Sixty children were Cantonese monolinguals and 60 were English bilinguals. Each child performed individually a criterion song and two independent judges rated the recorded singing performance. Welch's model of Pitch-matching Development (2000) and Rutkowski's Singing Voice Development Measure (1998) were used to evaluate singing competency. Results suggest that melodic singing achievement and the ability to use a singing voice are moderately related singing behaviours. Evidence also suggests that gender and language but not age affects singing competency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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