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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Student perceptions of the efficacy of SmartMusic practice software
by Owen, Sarah L., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 77; 1603971
Abstract (Summary)

SmartMusic is an interactive, practice software program that allows music teachers to assess students effectively in music classrooms. Many educators and music education researchers question whether SmartMusic lives up to the claims of motivating students to practice more and improving students’ ability to self-assess their playing.

Music education researcher Rodney Gurley concluded that SmartMusic increased motivation to practice in middle-school aged students. In addition, he found that students in all assessed age groups (middle and high school) believed SmartMusic helped them to self-assess and correct their playing while they practiced. This quantitative study replicates Gurley’s results, describes middle-school instrumental students’ attitudes towards the motivational factors of confidence, accuracy, and efficacy of their practicing when using SmartMusic, and shows that students believe SmartMusic can help them practice more accurately and effectively.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zanutto, Daniel
Commitee: Forney, Kristine, Mitchell, Deborah
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music education, Educational technology
Keywords: Music software, SmartMusic, Technology
Publication Number: 1603971
ISBN: 978-1-339-25847-8
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