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ERIC Number: ED226824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Musical Environment: Its Influence on the Preschool Child.
Moore, Dorothy L.
In order to identify significant environmental factors that relate to the rhythm and pitch responses of 5-year-old children, a team of elementary music teachers individually tested approximately 100 preschool children upon kindergarten entrance. The rhythm responses measured pulse (or beat), rhythm pattern identification, and rhythm pattern duplication. Pitch responses measured pitch pattern identification, vocal range and pitch accuracy, and pitch pattern duplication. Coupled with these data were environmental and personal factors obtained from a questionnaire sent to children's parents. These factors included the musical instruments owned and played in the home, parents' participation in musical activities, the sex and age of the child, socioeconomic status, and the child's attendance at nursery and church schools. In general, results indicated that young children living in an environment that provides exposure to music and music making instruments, and that encourages and rewards musical attempts, are more apt to demonstrate higher levels of musical development than those children who have few or none of these advantages. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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