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ERIC Number: EJ1019729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8755-1233
Boys' Perceptions of Singing: A Review of the Literature
Warzecha, Megan
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, v32 n1 p43-51 Nov 2013
Boys seem to progress through phases in which they like to sing in early elementary school, they think that singing is for girls and, thus, unacceptable in late elementary school, and then, gradually, singing again becomes acceptable later in life. Studies speak to the difficulty that choir directors have in recruiting boys. Research shows that this may be because of the perception of singing as being feminine gendered. Many studies investigate this perception in older males, but few have investigated it in younger boys. This literature review explores the various reasons why males of all ages describe a negative perception of singing, focusing on younger boys. Suggestions for possible solutions are offered for practicing teachers in the field of vocal music.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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