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Author Barlar, Nancy Elizabeth
Title The effect of sight-reading instruction on the language reading fluency and music sight-reading ability of middle school band students
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Descript 109 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 71-05, Section: A, page: 1584
Adviser: Diana R. Dansereau
Thesis (D.M.A.)--Boston University, 2010
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a music sight-reading program would affect the language reading fluency levels and music sight-reading abilities of students enrolled in band in middle school. Music reading and language reading share similar visual and aural tasks that are part of the essential decoding process (Hansen, Bernstorf, & Stuber, 2007). The sight-reading process in both types of reading also requires similar eye movements and the use of structural units for fluency (Sloboda, 1985; Register, Darrow, Standley, & Swedberg, 2007). Researchers have found that sight-singing can impact language reading fluency levels, but there is minimal research on possible connections between instrumental sight-reading and language reading fluency (Biggs, Dedrick, & Homan, 2005, 2006)
The current study was undertaken to determine the effect of a sight-reading program on language reading fluency and music sight-reading ability. Two intact middle school band classes were randomly assigned to function as the experimental group and the control group in this study. Florida Department of Education oral reading fluency exams and the Watkins-Farnum Performance Scale, Form A and B for sight-reading ability were administered to all students (N=55) at the beginning and end of data collection. The experimental group experienced a 14-week sight-reading program during the interim. Analysis of Covariance was used to check for differences between the groups' reading fluency and sight-reading posttest scores using pretest scores as the covariate. No significant difference was found between the oral reading fluency posttest, F (1, 28) = .16, p = .69, scores of the control and experimental groups. No significant difference was found between the music sight-reading posttest level scores, F(1, 45) = 1.78, p = .19, of the experimental and control groups. A significant, positive correlation (r = .61, p = .000) was found between the oral reading fluency and music sight-reading posttest scores of all participants
School code: 0017
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 71-05A
Subject Music
Education, Music
Alt Author Boston University
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