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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Children's Self-Evaluations in Music Learning

Previous research has demonstrated that children are overconfident in their own abilities across a variety of domains. However, the domain of music learning has not yet been examined. The current research study investigates young children's abilities to evaluate their own learning across multiple trials of a musical task. Specifically, a researcher plays a short melodic fragment on the piano and then asks the child to play the fragment back as accurately as possible. The child's performance is recorded on a laptop computer. The child is asked to evaluate his or her performance before and after hearing a playback of the recording. Data will be analyzed to determine the overall accuracy of the children’s judgments and to determine if their judgments change across trials. The results have practical application to understanding young music students' awareness of how well they are learning and performing music.

Presenter: Ross Lafleur (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)