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ERIC Number: EJ877133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4294
Effects of Familiarity with a Melody Prior to Instruction on Children's Piano Performance Accuracy
Frewen, Katherine Goins
Journal of Research in Music Education, v57 n4 p320-333 2010
The main purpose of this study was to examine the effects of familiarity with the sound of a melody on children's performance of the melody. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade (N = 97) with no previous formal instrumental instruction were taught to play a four-measure melody on a keyboard during an individual instruction session. Before learning to play the melody, half of the children listened to a model of the melody repeatedly in music class to become familiar with the music. Children's familiarity with the melody was assessed through a melodic error identification test administered immediately before and after instruction. The results indicated that children who were familiar with the melody played significantly more correct notes than did children not familiar with the melody and that performance accuracy increased with grade level. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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