Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.M. Ed.


Music Education

Committee Chair

Acklin, Amy Ingrid


Musical meter and rhythm--Instruction and study


The purpose of this study was to measure the effectiveness of the Beatnik Rhythmic Analyzer on rhythmic accuracy. Non-percussion music majors ( N =19) were randomly divided to practice with either the Beatnik Rhythmic Analyzer ( n =9) or a metronome ( n =10). Five exercises were administered for one minute each over a three-week period. Pre- posttest scores were analyzed using a Mann-Whitney U to test for differences between the groups. While the mean posttest scores of the treatment group were higher than the control group, results indicated no significant difference between the groups (a=.05). Lastly, two out of the five exercises resulted in large effect sizes in favor of the treatment group, suggesting that the Beatnik Rhythmic Analyzer is highly effective for developing specific fundamental techniques in snare drum playing.