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Music interaction technology as a learning support for pre-service teachers to listen better : a case study on music education at the PABO

Ven, H.V. van de (2023) Music interaction technology as a learning support for pre-service teachers to listen better : a case study on music education at the PABO.

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Abstract:The quality of music education in primary schools is insufficient due, amongst other things, to a lack of musical background and skills of teachers, which should be acquired at the pedagogical academy for primary education (PABO). Currently, music education at the PABO is being improved by dedicating more hours to music classes, having better expertise in teachers, having more opportunities to practice, and implementing music technology. In this thesis, the latter is used to contribute to this improvement process. The aim of this thesis is to design a learning environment for pre-service teachers that supports them in improving their listening skills, such that they can eventually recognise rhythmic behaviour without additional support. Based on literature and experts’ statements, a simulated learning environment, including a haptic feedback wearable, was designed. Both designs were tested simultaneously in a within-subject empirical study, where participants were tasked to identify an incorrectly playing student, with and without the support of haptic feedback, in a simulated class of students performing rhythmic exercises. Directly afterwards, the designs were evaluated in a semi-structured interview. The results showed that the learning environment as a whole would be a valuable tool for training purposes, as its versatility and controllability would allow an educator to manipulate learning situations for their students. The wearable with the haptic actuator on its own did not prove to be efective in better or quicker identifcation of the incorrect player. However, no statistical signifcance could be determined due to inaccuracies in measurement and a small sample size. Participants did experience more confdence with the support of the haptic feedback, and the feedback provided embodiment of the rhythm, which might have helped in recognising and understanding the reference to which the rhythmic behaviour of the class should be compared. However, optimisation of the haptic feedback and more testing is needed to study its actual efectiveness in a similar setting. This research was a frst step into a new feld of application for musical haptic feedback and has shown merit for further research in this area.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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