Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type



School of Music

Director of Thesis

Alicia Walker

Second Reader

Amanda Schlegel


This pilot study was designed to test whether mock-fingerings could be a beneficial strategy for sight singing. The researcher hypothesized that mock-fingerings would help students to be more accurate sight singers. Participants, wind instrument players at the college level, were asked to sight read two examples, one while “fingering along” and one with their hands still. Mean scores were compared among music majors and non-majors, and it was found that the mock-fingerings did not have a significant effect on the mean scores of participants. The mean scores were often comparable between the fingering condition and the control condition, suggesting that the effects of mock-fingerings are unclear and may depend on personal preference.

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