Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Arthur Smith


The purpose of this study was to determine if the playing of Baroque Classical music during the administration of a group reading test would affect the performance of Pre-first graders on the test.

Statistical analysis of control and experimental reading scores of Pre-first graders on the Gates-MacGinite Reading Test revealed the following results. The playing of Baroque Classical music during testing did not significantly affect reading scores. Although no statistically significant change in reading achievement occurred, a trend towards improvement was apparent. This trend was evidenced by an overall increase in stanine score among the students.

Small sample size and a sample not indicative of the general population were limiting factors of this study. Further investigation in this area is warranted.