Practice-Based Learning in Jazz Ear Training Classroom

Proceedings of The 7th International Conference on Research in Humanities and Social Sciences

Year: 2023



Practice-Based Learning in Jazz Ear Training Classroom

Kittitach Sumpowthong





This classroom research is focused on practice-based learning in jazz ear training, provided for the Bachelor of Music Program (jazz study) at Silpakorn University in Thailand. The instructor conducted this course by using the practice-based learning concept, which applied backward design study to develop the overall course syllabus. The participants in this study were 20 students in the Jazz Ear Training II class in academic year 2021. Program learning outcomes (PLOs) and course learning outcomes (CLOs) were considered to produce the relevancy. The objectives of the course, exercises, and evaluation methods emphasized the importance of ear training skills, both in terms of notation and performance skills (singing). Pre-test and post-test examinations were applied to collect the data from the students. Percentage, mean, SD, and dependent sample t-test analysis were performed. The results of using practice-based learning management revealed that the learners achieved CLOs. When comparing the pre- and post-tests, it was found that the scores for the post-tests were higher than those of the pre-tests in the melodic dictation, vocal singing, and harmonies with a statistical significance at a p-value of .000. The result of the students’ self-reports according to the CLOs was 4.59 out of 5. Additionally, the course satisfaction assessment result indicated an average of 4.60 out of 5 points. The academic committee examined the students and acknowledged their achievement in terms of PLO alignments. The suggestions from this study are to expand practice-based learning to all of the courses in jazz study and to apply follow-up study as a result for further classroom activities and curriculum modification.

keywords: practice-based learning, jazz music, ear training, learning outcome, backward design