Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Sarah Key-DeLyria

Subjects

Music -- Instruction and study -- Effect on learning accuracy, Musicians -- Learning ability -- Evaluation

DOI

10.15760/honors.409

Abstract

The relationship between music and brain physiological changes have been explored extensively (Fields, 2011; François, Grau-Sánchez, Duarte, & Rodriguez-Fornells, 2015). Research has identified how music has played a positive role in recovery from traumatic brain injury (Baker, Wigram, & Gold, 2005; Francois, & Schon, 2011), learning different languages (Creech 2008), and refining skills (Creech 2008). However, there has been a lack of research regarding the relationship between music and the accuracy of learning. In this study, we have performed an assessment of learning comparing five college-age musicians and five college-age nonmusicians. We did not find a significant difference between groups, perhaps due to the small sample size, the lack of specificity in type of instrumentation, or specific musical experience characteristics. Results are discussed with regard to the literature on musical training, sight reading ability, instrument specific literature and learning ability.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Speech and Hearing Science.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/20403

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