The University of St. Thomas

Music

Mazion, Sharon

Mazion, Sharon

The Effect of Improvisation on Fifth Grade Students' Ability to Read, Write, and Perform the Rhythmic Pattern
Sharon L. S. Mazion
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of improvisation on fifth-grade students' ability to read, write, and perform the rhythmic pattern. Participants (N=101) were divided into two groups: Group A (n=49) used improvisation as a means to explore the rhythmic pattern, while Group B (n=52) spent more time on each individual activity in the lesson, or participated in extension activities of the lesson, but did not use improvisation. There were no differences in teaching time or song/speech material used during the seven-lesson treatment.
Advisor
Carolee Stewart