Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Aaron Peterson


vocal exploration, singing, music, pitch-matching


The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of daily vocal exploration exercises on pitch matching skills of first and fourth grade students. Students were assessed on their ability to match pitch in echo patterns and short songs at the beginning and end of the study. The goal was to use vocal exploration to help students develop their head voice and potentially develop more accurate singing. The first grade experimental and control groups and fourth grade control group showed improvement in their echo patterns, but the fourth grade experimental group demonstrated a reduction in their echo abilities. Both first and fourth grade experimental and control groups showed improvement or maintained their scores in their short song singing excerpt. It was concluded that vocal exploration exercises are a contributing factor to the development of the singing voice, but regular singing instruction also contributes to increased pitch matching skills.



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