ERIC Number: ED023340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Feb
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Aural and Visual Perception of Melody in Tonal and Atonal Musical Environments. Final Report.
Sherman, Robert W.; Hill, Robert E., Jr.
Formal instruction in music today is primarily conducted in tonal idioms, although contemporary music tends to be atonal in nature. One of the reasons commonly given is that if fundamental instruction were given in atonal idiom only, the students would be handicapped in understanding serious music which is tonal in nature. To test the argument that atonal instruction will transfer to tonal idioms, a laboratory study was conducted. It examined the following issues. Will progress in the aural and visual perception of music through instruction based upon atonal organization transfer to progress in the aural and visual perception of tonal music? Will students of different levels of ability show similar attainment in the aural and visual perception of music under conditions of selected responses and constructed responses? Will students of different levels of musical ability respond with similar attitudes toward tape? Findings implied that musical instruction in atonal idioms is not detrimental to students, even with respect to tonal idioms. It also appeared that progress can be better measured when pure perception of intervals and melodies is not the crucial issue, and that tape-recorded self-instruction is an acceptable educational method both for high achieving and low achieving students. (AM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN.