Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 7(10), pp. 2057 - 2067
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2019.071003
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Improving the Song Notation Reading Comprehension and Skill of Prospective Elementary School Teachers: An Action Research Study in Indonesia


J. Julia 1,*, I. Isrokatun 1, Hikmat Pramajati 2, Nunung Siti Sukaesih 2, Iis Aisyah 2
1 Prodi PGSD Sumedang, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
2 Prodi Keperawatan Sumedang, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia

ABSTRACT

Students in Indonesian elementary school teacher education programs tend to have weaker song notation reading skill. To improve their skill in reading and understanding song notations, critical and reflective steps are necessary. Therefore, this research aims at improving the students' skills in reading and understanding song notations, which is necessary for their future teaching profession. This research was conducted using an action research design, manifested by planning and implementing seven critical-reflective action steps. The participants were 44 undergraduate students in an elementary school teacher education program in a university in West Java, Indonesia. The research found that the prospective elementary school teachers were not accustomed to reading the symbols in song notations. Therefore, their musical literacy was low. However, this research found that their song notation reading comprehension and skill could be improved by implementing several critical-reflective action steps. Additionally, the reports from this research illustrated the results of collaborative teamwork in developing and finding solutions in each of the learning steps.

KEYWORDS
Musical Literacy, Notation Reading Skill, Song Analysis, Song Notation, Students' Comprehension

Cite this paper
J. Julia , I. Isrokatun , Hikmat Pramajati , Nunung Siti Sukaesih , Iis Aisyah . "Improving the Song Notation Reading Comprehension and Skill of Prospective Elementary School Teachers: An Action Research Study in Indonesia." Universal Journal of Educational Research 7.10 (2019) 2057 - 2067. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2019.071003.