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Sims, Wendy L. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1991
Describes two studies of young children's ability to identify single and combined elements in response to music activities. Reports that children were better able to identify single than multiple elements. Concludes that children's ability to identify elements in their singing develops sooner than the ability to focus on elements in music they…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Listening Skills, Music Techniques, Preschool Children
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Sims, Wendy L. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1995
Examines the relationship of grade level to children's ability to make musical discriminations when elements are presented simultaneously. Utilized a brief instructional period, listening tests, and singing tasks. Results indicated significant differences between grade level, types of discrimination, and musical interactions. Includes statistical…
Descriptors: Attention, Auditory Stimuli, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation
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Madsen, Clifford K. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1997
Presents the results of a study where musicians listened to 20 minutes of Puccini's, "La Boheme," and indicated which of the five musical elements (melody, rhythm, timbre, dynamics, or everything) commanded their attention. Two groups responded using differing instructions for the Continuous Response Digital Interface. Analyzes the different…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Aesthetic Values, Attention, Attention Span
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Hendel, Catherine – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1995
Study correlated teacher characteristics derived from qualitative methods (interviews, observation, etc.) with results produced by quantitative methods (measurement of eye contact, facial expressions, voice level). The teachers' commitment to their students' learning was reflected in their adaptable and effective classroom behavior. (MJP)
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Music Activities
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Willett, Barbara E.; Netusil, Anton J. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1989
Reports on a study that investigated the effectiveness and efficiency of computer classroom drill for learning bass clef notes. Compared posttest results among students with differing cognitive styles. Concludes that computer assisted instruction is an effective way to teach music skills, allowing teachers to focus on teaching aesthetic aspects of…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Cognitive Style, Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware
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Pierce, Michael A. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1992
Describes study of effects of learning procedures and performance tempo on ability of 64 middle school students to perform previously learned rhythmic passages. Reviews the four learning procedures used for each rhythmic passage. Finds no evidence attributed to learning procedure but significant adverse differences if the tempo was changed from…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Intermediate Grades, Music Education, Music Techniques
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Hamann, Donald L.; Lawrence, Joy E. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1995
Lists 16 public-school-related, off-campus activities, including guest teaching, conducting workshops, classroom observation, and serving on joint committees and accreditation teams. Asks university music educators to evaluate these activities in terms of frequency, effectiveness, and importance (both to the community and to their careers). (MJP)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Enrichment Activities, Extension Education, Extracurricular Activities
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Parrish, Regina Turner – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1997
Describes the development of computer-assisted instructional software designed to supply future teachers with a repertoire of songs and related music concepts for classroom use. Tests the efficacy of the software at two preservice teacher education programs. Students in both programs thought the software served their needs. (MJP)
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Development, Computer Software Evaluation
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McCarthy, Marie – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1995
Profiles music scholar Charles L. Seeger and his contribution to U.S. musical life. Seeger played a significant role in introducing vernacular music to schools, extending the definition of U.S. music in the curriculum, presenting music as a cultural subject, and promoting musical diversity in the classroom. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Curriculum Development, Educational Development, Educational History
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Mizener, Charlotte P. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1993
Reports on a study of the attitudes of 542 students in grades 3-6 toward singing and choir participation in relation to grade level, gender, classroom singing activities, previous singing experience, and degree of singing skill. Finds that most subjects indicated a positive attitude toward singing, but less than half were interested in choral…
Descriptors: Choral Music, Elementary Education, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Booth, Gregory D.; Cutietta, Robert A. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1991
Presents results of a test of nonmusic majors' ability to remember song titles. Suggests that, although the process of categorization seems to be a basic function of perception, appropriate categorization needs to be learned. Supports the view that music learning, like verbal learning, involves a categorization of stimuli based on holistic…
Descriptors: Classification, Music Appreciation, Music Education, Nonmajors
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Wiggins, Jacqueline H. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1994
Presents findings of a qualitative study of musical learning processes. Findings are reported in terms of the nature of strategies used by children as they work with peers to solve compositional problems. Also finds that successful students moved back and forth from holistic approaches to segmented activities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Class Organization, Cooperative Learning, Educational Strategies
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Baldridge, William R. II – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1984
Elementary teachers participating in the study thought of music listening as a separate activity and not as one that permeated all music instruction. Assigned listening was utilized mostly in singing, in the playing of instruments, and in traditional music appreciation lessons where students were asked to listen to a recording. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Listening
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Maclin, Jean Phillips – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1993
Reports on a study that compared the use of standard lesson planning to sequential teaching by prospective teachers. Concludes that task analysis and the sequential approach may improve instruction by providing students with an opportunity for mastery and a positive learning experience through frequent success. (CFR)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Learning Strategies, Lesson Plans
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Lucas, Keitha V. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 1994
Reports on a study of the influence of harmonic context on the sight-singing skill of middle school choral music students. Finds that students in the melody-only treatment group showed more improvement in sight-singing than those in the vocal-harmony group. Also finds no differences between the melody-only and the piano-harmony groups. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Choral Music, Intermediate Grades, Learning Strategies
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