Processing, Pitch, and Proficiency: An Examination of the Development of Auditory Processing Skills and its Potential Correlation to Pitch Discrimination Proficiency in Students in Grades Kindergarten through Grade Two
College of Fine Arts and Communication, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
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This study was designed using a Mixed Methods approach to investigate the nature of pitch proficiency development of children in grades Kindergarten through Grade Two. The goal of this research was to determine if pitch proficiency improves as children progress through the stages of auditory development, which reaches full maturation around the age of nine. The study’s findings offer insight for music educators to utilize when shaping their teaching methodologies in regard to pitch proficiency as well as suggestions for considerations in its assessment.