Computer-assisted instruction for music theory education: Rhythm in music
Fine arts curricula, once considered essential components within the structure of a well-balanced American public school education, now face unprecedented fiscal challenges that may lead to the complete eradication of these studies from the elementary school core curriculum. Professional educators, from university professors to classroom teachers, have conducted research establishing that music instruction, in particular, can improve and enhance children's cognitive skills when lessons are presented through the use of computer-assisted instruction (CAI). This study investigated the implementation of a music CAI tutorial within the curriculum of a class of third grade students. After interacting with the CAI lesson, twelve students had increased their conceptual understanding of music theory by applying math skills to solve music note-value problems. The researcher concluded that the CAI music lesson was a valuable learning tool that helped students improve and enhance their cognitive skills in solving problems presented within an integrated curriculum.*
*This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation).