UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Khoong, Kellie Shok Meng
Thesis (M.Ed.) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Stead, Eric Peter
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This study compares the effects of a) Using computer software as a practice tool without the guidance of the teacher's supervision; b) Using computer software as a practice tool along with the supervision of the teacher's instruction; c) The traditional aural training in piano individual lesson approach. The study also evaluates the skill, motivation and attitude of using the computer software. A three-group pretest-posttest experiment was conducted in which 30 participants were selected at random to work with a computer program developed for this study. The two treatment groups used the software Auralia and the control group was taught by their piano teachers with books and non-interactive audio. After the posttest, treatment groups completed verbal interviews and surveys to assess their attitudes toward using the software. The test scores showed acceptable to high reliability. Analysis of the data revealed that the treatment group with teachers' supervision showed greater skill development than the treatment group without the teachers' supervision. The control group also showed lower and less consistent scores. Analysis of the attitude measure reveals stress and pressure in the treatment groups. Nine tables and thirty-three charts illustrated the study.

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