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Master of Science in Administration and Supervision


Center for the Advancement of Education


Curriculum, Educational Leadership, Kindergarten, Students, Thinking Skills


The writer applied an increased frequency of general music instruction given to a target group of kindergarten children in order to measure its impact on auditory memory sequencing skills. A control group received the general music instruction on a less frequent basis. The writer, a music teacher specialist, theorized that skills learned in the music class setting would transfer to other (academic) classroom settings, as measured by a standardized testing instrument and a classroom teacher survey checklist. The writer designed a method of instruction using music classroom materials selected to include sequencing and auditory memory skills. The target group received five 25 minute music classes per week for eight weeks, while the control group received two 25 minute classes per week. Pre- to posttest comparison of test scores indicated a statistically significant (α < .001) increase for the target group only. (Appendices include a list of materials used, teacher and objective checklists, activity sheets, test results.)

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