Journal article

Learning Music Composers' Styles: To Block or to Interleave?

Sarah Shi Hui Wong, Amanda Chern Min Low, Sean HK Kang, Stephen Wee Hun Lim

Journal of Research in Music Education | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

The ability to recognize and distinguish among varying musical styles is essential to developing aural skills and musicianship. Yet, this task can be difficult for music learners, particularly nonexperts. To address this challenge and guide music education practice, this study drew on cognitive psychological principles to investigate the effect of interleaved presentation of music pieces by various classical music composers on learning to identify these composers’ styles. Participants with 4 or fewer years of musical experience were presented with music pieces from six composers in an interleaved manner (alternating between listening to different composers’ works) and music pieces from anoth..

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Grants

Awarded by National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Heads and Deanery Research Support Scheme grant


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported in part by a National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Heads and Deanery Research Support Scheme grant (R-581-000-192-101) awarded to Stephen Wee Hun Lim.