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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect music had on the recognition of sight vocabulary of first grade students.

The research that had been documented previous to this study indicated that music should be used in an environment that includes an abundance of printed materials as in a language experience or whole language approach. Through this, the lyrics were made visible to the students.

A sample population of forty students was used for this study and it was conducted over an eight week period. The treatment group was instructed through the use of music and charted lyrics. The control group was instructed through the use of a basal reader.

A comparison was made through the use of a two-tailed t test to compare the posttest scores of the group that used the basal and the group that used music.

There was no significant difference found, yet further implications suggest further investigation may prove to be of use.

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