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Ear playing and aural development in the instrumental lesson: Results from a "case-control" experiment

Baker, D; Green, L; (2013) Ear playing and aural development in the instrumental lesson: Results from a "case-control" experiment. Research Studies in Music Education , 35 (2) pp. 141-159. 10.1177/1321103X13508254. Green open access

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Abstract

This article reports on a case-control experiment that was conducted in 2012 as part of the Ear Playing Project (EPP) at the Institute of Education, University of London. The EPP developed from the “informal learning” strand of Musical Futures and engaged instrumental students in the UK in learning from specially-created audio recordings without notation. Sixteen matched pairs of instrumental students (age 10–14 years) were divided into a “control” and an “experimental” group, with pupils taught using traditional instrumental teaching methods (without ear playing) in the former and with ear playing in the latter. The instrumentalists in both groups underwent aural tests prepared by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), which required played responses. Pre- and post-test scores were appraised for both groups for criteria including “Pitch,” “Rhythm,” “Contour,” “Tempo,” and “Closure,” as well as a holistic mark. With the “experimental” students surpassing the “control” group in every criterion assessed at the post-test stage, results suggest that playing by ear from a recording may be beneficial for children’s aural development.

Type: Article
Title: Ear playing and aural development in the instrumental lesson: Results from a "case-control" experiment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1321103X13508254
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1321103X13508254
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: ear playing, informal learning, instrumental teaching, Musical Futures, playing by ear
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123257
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