ERIC Number: ED114327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Sensitivity to Musical Styles. [One of] Three Studies of Perception of Artistic Styles. Technical Report No. 4.
Gardner, Howard E.
This is the fourth in a series of technical research reports by Harvard Project Zero which study artistic creation and comprehension as a means toward better art education. This particular study examines children's sensitivity to musical styles. Twenty children at age levels ranging from 6 through 19 years participated in the study which measured their sensitivity to classical music. The results indicate that all age levels showed some sensitivity, with the three oldest age groups performing at a level which was significantly higher than the two younger age groups. Younger children showed a significant tendency to focus on a dominant figure and had strict criteria for judgments of style similarity. The conceptions of music held by children of different ages are discussed, and comparisons with sensitivity to style in other media are made. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Art Appreciation, Art Education, Art Expression, Auditory Discrimination, Auditory Perception, Behavioral Science Research, Child Development, Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Elementary Secondary Education, Listening Comprehension, Music Appreciation, Music Education, Musical Composition, Perceptual Development, Sensory Training
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.