Bryan Nichols, Assistant Professor of Music, will present, Talk-based Variability in Children’s Singing Accuracy, on Friday, April 4 at noon in the Student Union, Room 308.
The purpose of the study was to explore task-based variability in children’s singing accuracy performance. A 2 X 4 factorial design was used to examine the performance of 4th grade children (N = 120) in both solo and doubled response conditions. Every child sang four task types: solo pitch, interval, pattern, and the song Jingle Bells. The results indicated that there was significant task-based variability in children’s singing accuracy: difficulty levels varied by task type, with patterns and songs indicating lower performance than single pitches and intervals. Performance was significantly higher for all tasks in the doubled condition than in the solo condition, and a significant interaction indicated task-based performance varied by response mode. Students who indicated a history of private lessons (n = 54) evidenced significantly higher performance than those without. Internal reliability was satisfactory, and the results suggest that a minimum of three items can be included in each task in future research for a reliability coefficient of 0.75, or a minimum of four items for a coefficient greater than .80. These singing tasks were significantly inter-correlated, and the easiest item was also lowest in range.
Bring your lunch and show support for one of your colleagues. Faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend.
RSVP Kelly Ruszkiewicz, ORA, by email RschSrvsGA8@uakron.edu.