ERIC Number: EJ1020562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Music in the Home: New Evidence for an Intergenerational Link
Mehr, Samuel A.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v62 n1 p78-88 Apr 2014
This study had three goals: (1) to investigate the potential connection between music experiences in early childhood and later music making as a parent, (2) to report the frequency of music making in a sample of American families with young children along with parents' opinions on possible benefits of music classes, and (3) to compare frequency data to two previous studies. Parents of 4-year-old children were surveyed on the frequency of music activities in the home, their early arts experiences, and a variety of topics concerning arts education. An intergenerational link was found: The frequency of parental song in childhood significantly predicted parents' later music behaviors with their own children, adjusting for other aspects of the early artistic environment. Parents reported high frequencies of music activities in the home, with most parents singing or playing recorded music to their children on a daily basis. Notably, the frequency of parental music making was unrelated to family income or to participation in music classes. Parents' opinions on the effects of music education reflected a widespread belief that music classes confer a variety of nonmusical benefits.
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Parents, Preschool Children, Family (Sociological Unit), Parent Attitudes, Parent Surveys, Music Activities, Art Education, Family Income, Child Rearing, Measures (Individuals), Likert Scales, Individual Characteristics, Singing, Correlation, Regression (Statistics), Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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