Master's Theses


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of singing songs in a preschool classroom to increase the level of phonemic awareness, a skill important to early reading acquisition. Of the 35 preschool children involved in the study, 19 participated in phonemic awareness singing activities (experimental group) while 16 participated in regular classroom singing activities (control group), for 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week, for 5 weeks. Assessment of both groups before and after the training showed a significant improvement (Q < .01) in phonemic awareness skills of the experimental group, specifically, in the knowledge of individual phonemes. This leads to the conclusion that phonemic awareness can be effectively taught through singing activities to preschool children in a classroom setting.


Frederick Britton

Date of Award

Fall 2000

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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