ERIC Number: EJ704555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-22
Reference Count: 27
Predictors of Music Sight-Reading Ability in High School Wind Players
Gromko, Joyce Eastlund
Journal of Research in Music Education, v52 n1 p6 Spr 2004
The purpose of this study, grounded in near-transfer theory, was to investigate relationships among music sight-reading and tonal and rhythmic audiation, visual field articulation, spatial orientation and visualization, and achievement in math concepts and reading comprehension. A regression analysis with data from four high schools (N = 98) in the American Midwest yielded a 4-variable model that included reading comprehension, rhythmic audiation, visual field articulation, and spatial orientation, F = 21.26, p [is less than] 0.001, accounting for 48% of the variance on music sight-reading. The results support previous studies in music education, cognitive science, and neuroscience that have shown that music reading draws on a variety of cognitive skills that include reading comprehension, audiation, spatial-temporal reasoning, and visual perception of patterns rather than individual notes.
Descriptors: Music Reading, Music Education, High School Students, Musical Instruments, Visual Perception, Cognitive Psychology, Spatial Ability, Reading Comprehension, Mathematical Concepts, Visualization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A