The Effects of Music as a Means of Learning Basic Chemistry Concepts

Session Description
At regular intervals throughout the Fall 2015 semester, students enrolled in a chemistry lab at Northwest University listened to a digital recording of a song containing lyrics about basic chemistry concepts, e.g. mole as a unit of measurement. This study examines the effects of this activity on student grades. The study also looks at whether or not the use of music affected the students’ interest and motivation when learning about chemistry. Overall, the purpose of this study is to examine the viability of using activities that include music as a method for helping students retain basic conceptual information in the college classroom. The use of multimedia tools (e.g. PowerPoint) during the activity is taken into consideration as well. Presenters at this session will expound upon further details of the study, including its methodology, and future plans for the study. Furthermore, the presenters plan to demo a small portion of the song, within copyright guidelines, along with the lyrics used for the activity.
  • Rebecca Meeder, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA, USA,
  • Caicai Wu, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA, USA,
  • Samantha Quigley, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA, USA,
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