ERIC Number: ED054186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
A Study to Explore New Methods of Identifying and Measuring Musical Talent.
Osborn, Wendell L.
This study proposes to explore characteristics not usually considered musical, and yet which might combine in persons in such a way that results may lead to a clearer understanding and more accurate measurement and prediction of musical talent. Two hypotheses were tested: (1) Musical talent can be predicted by means of a selected set of variables postulated to represent "non-musical" measures of intellectual and psychomotor, personality, and sociocultural indicators; (2) There will be no statistically significant loss of predictive efficiency when regression weights assigned to the set of predictors from one community sample are applied to data from other communities. The criterion of being musical was based upon a student's belonging to none, one, or more of eight classifications of observed musical behavior. The sample population for this study was drawn from students in the Human Talent Research Program population who had just completed 12th grade in 1963. Statistically the results of the present investigation were modest. In describing differences among persons in a given sample on the basis of observed musical behavior, predictor models accounted for variances ranging from one-sixth to one-eighth. No results were obtained that supported the hypothesis that such models would retain their predictive efficiency when applied across samples. (CK)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.