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Active and receptive melodic perception: evaluation and validation of criteria

Grant number: 14/03322-1
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: July 01, 2014 - June 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Music
Principal Investigator:Graziela Bortz
Grantee:Graziela Bortz
Host Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Hugo Cogo Moreira


The fact that scale patterns predominate in many cultures have intrigued musicians and scientists. Such predominance led to the realization of tests of individuals from the perspective of their interval perception. In music, the capacity of categorizing intervals is considered crucial for the development of theoretical knowledge and abilities of the musician. He or she must be able to differentiate major, minor, diminished, augmented and perfect intervals according to diatonic scales. This capacity is not restricted to the theoretical field. Musicians are trained to differentiate various intervals of the scale and its inversions audibly. Covington & Lord (1994) believe that the ability to decode an isolated interval of tritone, for example, does not necessarily result in developing the capacity of differentiating this same interval in varied music contexts. Little evidence on the correlation between melodic interval training and sight-singing can be established, since there have been no validated tests that evaluate the effectiveness of interval recognition training in the perception of melody as Gestalt. In other words, there is no tool (test/scale) that allows us to measure how good such perception ability behaves. This project aims at evaluating difficulties and discrimination of each of the items of both receptive and productive music perception of musicians, and evaluate/validate the degree of agreement of criteria for the productive evaluation. (AU)

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BORTZ, GRAZIELA; GERMANO, NAYANA G.; COGO-MOREIRA, HUGO. (Dis)agreement on Sight-Singing Assessment of Undergraduate Musicians. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, v. 9, . (14/03322-1)

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