Document Type


Session Format

Graduate Research Poster (no oral presentation)


Magnolia Ballroom

Publication Date

Summer 2024

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Tina Holmes-Davis

Start Date

27-3-2024 10:00 AM

End Date

27-3-2024 10:50 AM


This literature review explores the impact of audiation and singing on the aural sensitivity of novice musicians, shedding light on the fundamental role of these processes in music education. Audiation, the cognitive ability to internally hear and understand music, and singing, as an active manifestation of audiation, are integral components of musical development. However, their precise influence on the development of aural sensitivity in beginners remains understudied.

Through a comprehensive review of existing literature and empirical investigation, this review seeks to uncover the relationship between audiation, singing, and the enhancement of aural skills among novice musicians. Furthermore, the literature review demonstrates that engaging in singing activities enhances aural sensitivity by fostering a more profound connection between auditory perception and musical expression. The implications of this literature review extend to music education, as it suggests that educators and instructors should place greater emphasis on nurturing audiation skills and encouraging singing as part of the learning process. Such pedagogical approaches may prove to be instrumental in fostering a deeper and more holistic understanding of music among beginners, setting a strong foundation for their musical journeys. This literature review contributes to the existing body of knowledge on music education by elucidating the intricate relationship between audiation, singing, and aural sensitivity, ultimately offering insights that can inform more effective teaching strategies and curricula for aspiring musicians.

Keywords: music education, beginning instrumentalists, aural sensitivity, singing, audiation, intonation



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