Mindy Dauner

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music Education (MME)



First Advisor

Dr. Melissa Berke


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of singing exercises on the tuning accuracy of middle school string students. In addition, this study investigated what effects previous years of experience and previous tuning instruction had on the tuning abilities of middle school string students. The study was conducted over a six-week period with beginning, intermediate and advanced string students enrolled in intact classes at a middle school (N=63). The experimental groups received in-depth training in the intervallic relationship of the strings and engaged in singing exercises utilizing these intervals. The control group was taught to tune by simple pitch-matching methods. Data collected from the study indicated that there was no significant difference in the tuning accuracy of the subjects in either the experimental or control group. It was also found that prior tuning experience and years of playing experience had no significant impact on tuning accuracy.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Music and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Music Education University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2004 Mindy Dauner.