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ERIC Number: EJ1152405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1057-0837
Feasibility of Using an Augmented Immersive Virtual Reality Learning Environment to Enhance Music Conducting Skills
Orman, Evelyn K.; Price, Harry E.; Russell, Christine R.
Journal of Music Teacher Education, v27 n1 p24-35 Oct 2017
Acquiring nonverbal skills necessary to appropriately communicate and educate members of performing ensembles is essential for wind band conductors. Virtual reality learning environments (VRLEs) provide a unique setting for developing these proficiencies. For this feasibility study, we used an augmented immersive VRLE to enhance eye contact, torso movement, and gestures of novice wind band conductors. Ten undergraduates randomly assigned to no VRLE (n = 3), VRLE with head tracking (n = 4), or VRLE without (n = 3) head tracking received eight treatment sessions over a 4-week period. While participants conducted a live ensemble, their eye contact, torso movements, and gestures were measured. A comparison of pretest and posttest scores showed that students using the augmented immersive VRLE with head tracking demonstrated greater conducting skill improvement than those not using virtual reality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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