Music and the acquisition of water skills

Yardley, Robert G. (2011) Music and the acquisition of water skills. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This study investigates the case that music is a powerful tool for developing motor skill in young children in an aquatic environment. To establish this it first looks at the role music has taken in human society and then specifically at the relationship young children have with it. By analysing two existing nursery rhymes it identifies common musical devices used and then sets about creating nursery rhymes to accompany specific exercises in a parent and baby swimming class. By looking at the progression of these children through the stages of acquisition of skill according to Fitts' stage theory of motor learning it shows that these songs have helped the progression of the children and explains the reasons behind this.

    It concludes that we can make emotional associations with songs using rhythm and melody, and associate different sounds with different gross-motor skills in younger children, until their communication skills have progressed far enough for them to listen to the lyrics and the songs can facilitate the learning of exactly what it is they should be performing.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 14:13
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:41

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