ERIC Number: ED077808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Introducing Children to the Symphony: Experimental Study of Pre-Concert Preparation. Final Report.
This field experiment examined three responses of ninth and tenth grade students to attending symphony performances at school. Responses were attitudes toward the performance, later information seeking about the art form, and interest in obtaining a recording of symphonic works offered four weeks after the concert. Pre-concert experimental manipulations were hypothesized to increase levels of these responses. The main feature of manipulations was distribution of 45 r.p.m. recordings of concert exerpts with a suggestion that students might enjoy listening to the records with friends or family before attending the performance at school. Ten junior and senior high schools were assigned randomly to the three treatment conditions--control, mail distribution and class distribution. Questionnaires were group administered to respondents two days after they had had an opportunity to attend a school concert. The record offer was mailed to respondents at home 30 days after the performance. Results show that the experimental records have the same effects, regardless of distribution method. However, record distribution did not achieve the desired effect of increasing respondents' perception of other persons in their social environment who were thought to enjoy symphonic music. Most important, distribution of records had a clearly negative effect on concert responses--attitudes, information seeking and continued interest in symphony, indexed by responding to the delayed record offer. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Arts and Humanities Program.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Communication Research Center.