Improving harmonic intonation skills of high school band students using Coda Music Technology's “Intonation Trainer”
David Glenn Swift, University of Louisville, United States
University of Louisville . Awarded
Playing with accurate intonation is recognized as a perennial problem for high school wind players. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect on improving harmonic intonation skills, specifically the ability to play pure (justly tuned) major thirds against a reference tone, using Coda Music Technology's Intonation Trainer software program.
Forty-one high school wind players at a large suburban high school in the Midwest participated in the study. All participants completed a survey to gather information on the following criteria: (1) type of instrument, (2) years of playing experience, (3) grade level, (4) age, (5) private lesson instruction and length of study, (6) gender, and (7) make and model of instrument. Grade point averages were also obtained for each participant from the school's guidance department.
Subjects were randomly placed in either an experimental or control group. A pretest was given to both groups to evaluate their pitch on four unisons and six major thirds. The experimental group was given their instructions on the principles of just intonation and shown how to use the Intonation Trainer Program. Following a four-week training period, involving eight sessions designed to improve intonation, all subjects were re-tested to evaluate whether improvement was made. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Swift, D.G. Improving harmonic intonation skills of high school band students using Coda Music Technology's “Intonation Trainer”. Master's thesis, University of Louisville.
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