Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type



School of Music

Director of Thesis

Dr. Alicia Walker

Second Reader

Dr. Jabarie Glass


This study was conducted to evaluate the scope of aural skills development occurring in secondary music classrooms. The researcher hypothesized that several disparities would exist, namely regarding melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. Participants took a survey in which they were asked to recall from a prescribed list, aural skills learned while in high school. They were also asked to provide demographic information including high school attended, current college major, and the number of collegiate aural skills courses completed to date. A number of subjective questions were asked as well, such as desired skills prior to collegiate study, and how aural skills study has affected ensemble performance, positively or negatively. Analysis of the collected data indicated that disparities exist in all areas, but particularly in the development of the following skills: melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, and modal scale identification.

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