Effect of music on test scores of students in chemistry and accounting

Giita Silverajah, * and Soh, Jason Chiaw Ker * (2015) Effect of music on test scores of students in chemistry and accounting. In: Unlocking borders in education: proceedings of the 3rd Pre-University Conference, 6 September 2014, Bandar Sunway. Proceedings of the Sunway Academic Conference (2014). Sunway College Kuala Lumpur, Bandar Sunway, pp. 66-68. ISBN 978-967-13697-0-8

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Abstract

This study examined classical music’s effect on exam performance in a college setting by randomising students to listen to Richard Stoltzman’s Maid with the Flaxen Hair while taking a test for a science and a non-science subject, namely Chemistry as well as Accounting and Finance, respectively. We controlled for: prior knowledge on the subject matter, year in college and age. Findings revealed that there was a slight improvement on Accounting and Finance exam performance when the music was played during the test by a 7.9% and 2.8% increase in two assessments respectively, however Chemistry students exam performance with music declined by 0.3% and 13.5% in both assessments respectively.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Authors are with Sunway College Johor Bahru
Uncontrolled Keywords: music intervention; classical music; anxiety
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Subsidiaries > Sunway College Johor
Depositing User: Ms. Molly Chuah
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2016 07:48
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2016 07:48
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/297

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