Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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    Author Angela Barker

    Hedden, D. G., & Baker, V. A. (2010). Perceptual and acoustical analyses of second graders' pitch-matching ability in singing a cappella or with piano accompaniment. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education,184, 35–48. RetrievedApril 7, 2015.

    The purpose of this study was three-fold: 1) to determine whether children’s singing accuracy would be affected by singing a song a cappella (without accompaniment) or with piano accompaniment, 2) to ascertain if differences in the learning conditions—learning to sing a song a cappella vs. learning to sing a song with piano accompaniment—influenced singing accuracy, and 3) to evaluate the perceptual (human pitch judgments) and acoustical (measurement of frequency) analyses of the children’s singing accuracy.

    Two classes of second-grade children (N = 26) were taught the song "America" on a neutral syllable, "loo." One class learned the song without accompaniment, the other with piano accompaniment. Due to a large…

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