Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using masks as tools to enhance intonation in fourth and fifth grade singers

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone is a study of paper masks as tools to improve the intonation and pitch matching of fourth and fifth grade singers in the elementary music classroom. Singing, in tune, alone and with others is a part of both the National Music Standards and the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts. Many students have difficulty singing alone, often because they feel nervous and uncomfortable. Prior research by Thurman and Welch found a relationship between the mind and the body. Using a rubric, the researcher analyzed 34 individual student performances in the areas of pitch discrimination, intonation/pitch matching, tone quality, and feeling/body language. Results indicated that paper masks helped to improve the pitch matching and intonation of many individual students' performances by making solo singing a pleasant experience instead of an unpleasant, threatening requirement.

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