This research sought to determine which components of music training programs designed for cochlear implant (CI) recipients were perceived by auditory rehabilitation (AR) specialists as most effective in improving music enjoyment. The researcher analyzed music training programs from major cochlear implant companies, and compiled a list of specific components that make up each program. The researcher created a survey with Likert-type questions rating the perceived effectiveness of each component, without identifying which program(s) the components are from. Results of the study found that the AR specialists perceived the following components of music training programs as most important: familiar melodies as stimuli, instrument discrimination tasks, real songs as stimuli, lyric identification tasks, timbre descriptions, hierarchical levels, and the inclusion of a charting feature. The HOPE Notes program contained the greatest number of components perceived as most effective.


Goldberg, Don


Communication Studies


Speech and Hearing Science


cochlear implants, music appreciation, music training programs

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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