School of Music


Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)


Rebecca Watson


rhythm, video game music




Video games have become an increasingly popular form of entertainment and a method of relaxation for all ages which have recently been incorporated into academic subjects such as social studies and science. In addition, music educators are often encouraged to re-examine their teaching strategies to incorporate technology into the music curriculum. Music applications, internet games, and other music programs have been utilized in the general music classroom to assist with note learning and rhythms. However, research investigating the implementation of video game soundtracks in music ensemble classes has not been thoroughly addressed. Questions remain whether student engagement is increased as they learn rhythmic concepts by utilizing the music soundtracks of popular video games. The purpose of this applied research study is to examine two groups of elementary band students with one implementing a traditional band method book and the other utilizing examples from popular video game soundtracks to learn basic rhythms in simple meters. This study will ascertain whether the implementation of video game music as a tool to learn basic rhythms is better for music educators to use rather than using a traditional band method book.

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