ERIC Number: ED162937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
The Effect of Appropriate and Inappropriate In-Class Performance Models on Performance Preference of Third and Fourth Grade Students.
Baker, Dawn S.
This study investigated the effect of singing within the elementary school music classroom on (1) students' preference for one of two performances of the same song and (2) students' ideas of "correct" performance. Seventy-five third and fourth graders were concurrently involved in separate experimental groups. One group was taught to sing lullabies and chanties in an appropriate manner: soft and slow for the lullabies, loud and fast for the chanties. The other group was taught to sing the same songs in an inappropriate manner: loud and fast for the lullabies, soft and slow for the chanties. Children in both groups then listened to tape recordings of all the songs and were asked to indicate which renditions they preferred and which they thought were correct. It was found that students' ideas of correct performance were affected by the way songs had been taught in class. Also, students preferred the appropriately-performed chanties over appropriately-performed lullabies. This may be a result of children's preference for loud, fast music in general. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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