ERIC Number: EJ1078711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Developing Singing in Third-Grade Music Classrooms: The Effect of a Concurrent-Feedback Computer Game on Pitch-Matching Skills
Paney, Andrew S.; Kay, Ann C.
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, v34 n1 p42-49 Nov 2015
The purpose of this study was to measure the effect of concurrent visual feedback on pitch-matching skill development in third-grade students. Participants played a computer game, "SingingCoach," which scored the accuracy of their singing of the song "America." They followed the contour of the melody on the screen as the computer displayed a line representing their real-time vocal response. Participants could adjust their singing based on the feedback and improve their score. Music teachers (n = 30) tested their students (N = 2,021) in the fall and spring semesters and reported their scores. A correlated samples t-test showed a significant difference between students' pretest and posttest scores, with a mean increase of more than 10 percentage points. Computer programs that offer immediate, concurrent singing feedback may help young students experience musical growth over a relatively short period of time even, perhaps, when formal musical instruction time is limited.
Descriptors: Singing, Music Education, Feedback (Response), Computer Games, Visual Stimuli, Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Accuracy, Teaching Methods, Computer Assisted Instruction, Scores, Pretests Posttests, Computer Software, Gender Differences, Program Effectiveness
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Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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