Participation in Instrumental Music as a Predictor of Success in a Collegiate Level Aviation Flight Course

This article reports on a study that considered the effect that participation in instrumental music may have on the cognitive abilities and development of people undergoing collegiate flight training in an FAA FAR Part 141 training environment. Participants in this study were all students enrolled in the Commercial Aviation program advanced flight courses at the University of North Dakota. Participants (n = 78) were questioned about the extent of their participation in instrumental music. These results were then paired with their flight and academic records from their collegiate level private pilot flight course. Specific measures of success in the private pilot course were measured against differing measures of participation in instrumental music. The author found that there was not a significant difference between participants with experience in instrumental music and those that did not have any musical experience. However, statistical significance was found to correlate general participation in instrumental music and a reduction in the number of flight hours that were necessary to successfully complete the private pilot course. Participants that had instrumental experience playing the piano demonstrated a significant reduction in the number of flight hours needed to successfully complete the private pilot course. The author concludes that experience with instrumental music does have some positive effects on students in a collegiate level aviation flight training course, with piano players reaping the greatest benefits.


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  • Pagination: pp 27-39
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  • Accession Number: 01531945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 25 2014 8:33PM