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Title:The Effect of a Learning Program on The Ability of Undergraduate Music Students to Detect Errors in Performance (Conducting, Holistic, Discrimination)
Author(s):Behmer, Carl Frank
Department / Program:Music
Discipline:Music Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Music
Abstract:This study was conducted to evaluate the Visual-Aural Discrimination Skills Test. The problem of the study was twofold: (1) to secure data relevant to the validation of the Visual-Aural Discrimination Skills Test and (2) to determine the effect of completion of the Music Research Instrumental Score Reading Program on the ability of undergraduate music students to detect errors in instrumental performance as measured by the Visual Aural Discrimination Skills Test.
Subjects were evaluated for the effect of the MLR Program on their ability to perform on the VADS test. The VADS test was evaluated for test-retest reliability and by item analysis. Subject opinions were sought and recorded concerning the exercises included in the VADS Test and MLR Program materials. Institutions included in the study were the University of Illinois at Urbana, Millikin University, Blackburn College, and Kaskaskia Junior College.
The MLR Program materials were found to be effective in improving subject scores on the VADS Test. Reliabilities obtained from test-retest evaluation of the VADS Test were acceptable for group testing. Increasing the number of exercises did not raise its reliability. Obtained item difficulties and item discriminations were lower than commonly recommended. Subjects showed mixed reactions to the VADS Test and MLR Program, but generally were favorable to an holistic approach to aural discrimination testing.
Issue Date:1984
Description:251 p.
Thesis (Educat.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8422018
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1984

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