A Neuroscience Rhythm-Based Study Implementing the Musical Metronome to Affect Reading Fluency

Sylvia Bishop-Driggins, Tennessee State University


This quantitative case study is a neuroscience-based study that examined the effects of the traditional musical metronome on reading fluency with young adult college students presenting with compromised reading skills. The traditional musical metronome was used to provide a steady beat to which the study’s participants executed synchronized timed rhythmic tapping (SMT) to the metronome’s beat while reciting select elements of reading fluency. Four college freshmen, enrolled in the university’s reading support program, volunteered to participate in the study. Throughout the research, the participants attended their weekly reading support classes. Comparative analysis of pre-and post-intervention standardized testing disclosed exceptional gains for reading accuracy and fluency. This case study’s results disclosed similarities in gains from earlier research featuring synchronized metronome timing (SMT) with children, indicating consistencies of a positive effect of SMT on reading fluency within both populations. Therefore, expanding neuroscience-based studies in reading that feature synchronized metronome timing (SMT) to involve adults, has the potential to enhance reading fluency for adults. (Kuhlman, et al, 1999; Taub, et al, 2007; Sabado et al., 2008; and Ritter et al., 2012).

Subject Area

Neurosciences|Reading instruction

Recommended Citation

Sylvia Bishop-Driggins, "A Neuroscience Rhythm-Based Study Implementing the Musical Metronome to Affect Reading Fluency" (2019). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI27544633.