Thursday, September 23, 2010

Success in Beginning Instrumental Music through Use of Selected Tests

Hufstader, R.A. (1974) "Success in Beginning Instrumental Music through Use of Selected Tests."Journal of Research in Music Education Spring 22(1), 52-57.

Tests in music? I was intrigued by the study and how the research was conducted. Some of the testing methods were a bit outdated and but it gave me some great ideas to design tests for my students or better yet have my students design some tests for the rest of the class.

"The purpose of this study was to investigate the possibility of using several different variables as predictors of success in beginning instrumental music. The variables were: tests of musical aptitude, academic achievement, intelligence, and psychomotor skills measured by a tapping board, a a visual choice reaction timer, and a rotary pursuit apparatus."

1 comment:

Stacey Caillier said...

Cool! I'd love to hear more about your ideas - especially how you could involve students in designing the tests! This could be another great opportunity to build in some peer coaching with kids at higher levels designing things for more beginning musicians...

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