Predicting aural performance in a tertiary music training programme

Buttsworth, Louise M. and Fogarty, Gerard J. and Rorke, Peter C. (1993) Predicting aural performance in a tertiary music training programme. Psychology of Music, 21 (2). pp. 114-126. ISSN 0305-7356


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[Abstract]: Selection of students for entry to tertiary music training programmes is a difficult task
traditionally undertaken by painstaking individual auditions, perhaps under highly
variable local conditions as the selection team moves from region to region. A number
of musical aptitude batteries have been developed but do not appear to have been
widely embraced largely because of poor predictive validity. In the present study, a
battery of tests designed to assess aural skills, an important component of musical
training, was developed by a team of psychologists and musicians at the University
of Southern Queensland (USQ). The battery consisted mostly of tests of pitch
discrimination and intonation. All students (N=91) currently enrolled in the Music
Programme at USQ completed the musical tests. A regression model was then
constructed using test scores as independent variables and students' end of semester
aural training performance scores as the dependent variable. The resulting model
accounted for 36 per cent of the variance in scores on final exam results, a result well
beyond chance expectations. Further testing with a revised version of the battery is

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Copyright 1993, Psychology of Music Online by Society for Education, Music, and Psychology Research
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: aural performance, skills, pitch discrimination, intonation, tertiary, music training programmes, programs, University of Southern Queensland, USQ
Fields of Research (FoR): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology

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