A Study of Computer-Assisted Instruction in Aural Acuity on Seventh Grade Instrumental Music Students

Date of Graduation

Spring 1993


Master of Music



Committee Chair

Wayne Harrell


Research continues in the areas of aural acuity, as intonation problems plague young musicians in school bands and orchestras. It was the purpose of this study to determine if computer-assisted instruction improved the pitch matching abilities of seventh grade instrumental music students. Students from Jarrett Junior High School were randomly assigned to either a control group or an experimental group. All students were administered Advanced Measures of Music Audiation by Edwin E. Gordon as a pretest. The experimental group received the treatment variable, Tune It II by Fred Willman, for ten sessions, each ten minutes in length. The objective of this instructional game was to match the second pitch played to the first pitch heard. The control group received traditional music instruction. At the end of the treatment period, a posttest was given. Data collected from the pretest/posttest scores showed no significant difference in the two groups. Due to the limitations of the study it was recommended to do further research on the subject.

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