Utilizing Learning Modalities to Increase Pitch-Matching Abilities of Fourth Grade Students
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ProgramMasters of Education
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The purpose of this study was to measure the ability of fourth grade students to echo-sing accurate pitches by providing visual aids that engage the students’ visual learning modalities during vocal/general music instruction. The measurement tool used was an echo-singing test comprised of four short melodic phrases that included all pitches of the diatonic major scale. This study used a pre-test/post-test design to measure the growth of students’ ability to accurately match pitches by singing. Students performed significantly better on their post-test after participating in eight consecutive weeks of vocal music instruction. Research in the area of pitch-matching ability in young singers should continue in order to highlight proven teaching/coaching techniques that music educators could use to improve student achievement in vocal performance.