Title page for ETD etd-11092011-204628

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Baker, Sara Harris
Author's Email Address sarabaker@lsu.edu,saraharrisbaker@hotmail.com
URN etd-11092011-204628
Title The Effect of In-School Opera Performance and Related Curriculum on Music Cognition and Attitude
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cassidy, Jane Committee Chair
Bartolome, Sarah Committee Member
Byo, James Committee Member
Sosnowsky, Kristin Committee Member
Richardson, Malcolm Dean's Representative
  • opera education
  • music cognition
  • music attitude
Date of Defense 2011-10-10
Availability unrestricted
This study was designed to compare knowledge about and attitude toward opera in three groups of fifth-graders with various levels of involvement with an in-school opera. One group watched the live performance, a second group watched the performance preceded by three pre-performance lessons that encompassed common opera vocabulary and voice types, and a third group experienced the lessons, the performance, and a five-lesson creative project in which they constructed their own opera. All students completed cognitive and attitude pretests and post-tests. ANCOVA analyses accounted for differences in scores on the pretests. Significant differences (p < .05) on the multiple-choice portion of the cognitive exam were found between the performance-only group and the performance plus instruction groups. Significant differences were found between the groups on the concept map portion of the cognitive measure, with the differences coming between the performance only group and the performance plus lessons group. Significant differences were found between each of the groups for a Likert-scale attitude measure, with the performance and lessons group posting the largest increases. In addition, a significant correlation was found between cognitive scores and attitude scores. Responses to semi-structured interviews suggested that studentsí opinions of Opera were influenced by factors related to music, factors related to production, and factors related to personal perceptions.
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