Date of Award

Spring 4-27-2022

Document Type

Education 530 Project

Degree Name

Master of Science



Department Chair or Program Director

Broome, John P.

First Advisor

Wells, Melissa S.

Major or Concentration

Elementary Education


Music interventions and how they benefit reading fluency have been researched, but there is more to be done in discovering the benefits of rhythm and prosody. This quantitative research study looked at how rhythm-based interventions affect student prosody in a second-grade classroom. Data were gathered from a music experience survey, a prosody pre-assessment, and a prosody post-assessment. The music intervention in this study involved three rhythm-based interventions called “DeeDee games.” This research analyzed and compared the growth between the prosody pre-and post-assessments and the results between students with musical backgrounds and students without musical backgrounds. This study found insufficient evidence to support that there is any significant growth after completing the rhythm interventions.