An Approach to Developing Musicianship through Aural Skills in the Second Grade
The premise that listening is at the heart of successful performance was the driving force behind this project. Three questions anchor the research: 1. What are developmentally appropriate expectations for listening in a seven to eight year old child? 2. Will directed movement activities improve student focus in assigned listening tasks? 3. Will assigned listening tasks for dynamics, tempo, and articulation improve performance of these tasks? The goal of the project was to develop the use of ears in concert with eyes and bodies in performance.