Effect of an Intervention Program on the Rhythmic Abilities of the Music, Arts and Physical Education Majors

Jocelyn A. Floresca, MAT PE


One of the main issues of the Music, Arts and Physical Education Curriculum is the variety of specialization that a student must undergo during its educative years in the tertiary level.  One of which is the study of dance.  As a part of the curriculum of the College of Education of the University of Baguio, dance is offered as one the major subjects.  Students specializing in Music, Arts and Physical Education are expected to be not just good in sports, knowledgeable in music and the arts but also trained in dance.  The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of an intervention program on the rhythmic abilities of the studen ts specializing in Music, Arts and Physical Education. Subjects were selected through total enumeration.  Students who specialize in the course and were enrolled during the 1st semester of S.Y. 2007-2008 were considered to participate. The quasi-experimental method was utilized in the study using three ballroom dances namely, cha cha, swing and jive as the elements for training.  The results of the study indicate that there was an improvement in the students’ rhythmic abilities from the pre-test to the post-test.   The subjects’  Projection obtained the highest mean while Presentation had the lowest in the pre-test.   As for the post-test, the subjects’ Musicality has improved and garnered the highest mean while Presentation still had the lowest mean.  Still, in overall result of the post-test the subjects’ rhythmic ability has improved.   Thus,  this makes the intervention program an effective means in improving students’ rhythmic abilities.
Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, July – December 2007