Assessing intonation skills in a tertiary music training programme

Fogarty, Gerard J. and Buttsworth, Louise M. and Gearing, Phillip J. (1996) Assessing intonation skills in a tertiary music training programme. Psychology of Music, 24. pp. 157-170. ISSN 0305-7356


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[Abstract]: Buttsworth, Fogarty, and Rorke (1993) reported the construction of a battery of tonal
tests designed to assess intonation abilities. A subset of the tests in the battery
predicted 36 per cent of final scores in an aural training subject in a tertiary music course. In
the current study, the original battery of fourteen tests was reduced to six tests and
administered three times throughout the academic year to a new sample (N = 87) of
tertiary music students. Three research questions were investigated. Firstly, it was
hypothesised that tests in the battery would discriminate among the different aural
classes at USQ, which were grouped according to ability level. The results from
discriminant function analyses provided strong support for this hypothesis. Secondly,
it was hypothesised that students should improve their performance on the pitch
battery across the three administrations. A repeated measures analysis of variance
failed to find evidence of overall improvement. Finally, it was hypothesised that there
would be significant differences on the intonation tests between musicians of different
instrumental families. Again, no overall differences were found. The results indicated
that intonation tests appear to tap an ability that (a) is not significantly modified by
training, (b) is more or less the same across different instrument families, and (c) is
related to success in music training programmes.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 1996, Psychology of Music Online by Society for Education, Music, and Psychology Research
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:31
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2022 00:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: intonation skills, abilities, tertiary, music training programmes, programs, University of Southern Queensland, USQ
Fields of Research (2008): 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
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520406 Sensory processes, perception and performance
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390409 Learning sciences
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360306 Musicology and ethnomusicology

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