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Type :thesis
Subject :MT Musical instruction and study
Main Author :Irene, Chai Pei Lyn
Title :Developing pupils music reading skills through Kodaly-based approach
Place of Production :Tanjong Malim
Publisher :Fakulti Muzik dan Seni Persembahan
Year of Publication :2019
Corporate Name :Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
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Abstract : Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
The purpose of this action research is to develop the pupils’ music reading skills through a Kodály-based approach. The pupils were facing difficulties in reading music notations, which is acquired in current Year 4 music curriculum of Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR). This study was conducted in a government Chinese primary school in Selangor, Malaysia. A total of 32 pupils from Year 4 were selected to participate in the research. The Year 4 music curriculum from KSSR was used with the adaptation of Kodály based-approach in this study. Concurrently, singing activities using solfege, Chinese children folk songs, games, and colored notations were applied in developing the pupils’ music reading skills. This action research was based on the model by Zuber-Skerritt where the cycle of plan, act, observe and reflect were used in the main cycles followed by the refined cycles. A total of 8 main cycles and 19 refined cycles were used. Video recordings, pupils’ written work from activities, singing and written music reading assessment, field notes, informal interviews as well as reflective journal were used as the data collection. The finding shows that there were improvements in music reading skills of the pupils at the end of the music reading assessment. The implication of the study shows that the incorporation of Kodály based approach significantly enhances pupils’ music reading skills.


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