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ERIC Number: EJ878594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-4922
Effect of Voice-Part Training and Music Complexity on Focus of Attention to Melody or Harmony
Williams, Lindsey R.
Contributions to Music Education, v36 n2 p45-57 2009
The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible effects of choral voice-part training/experience and music complexity on focus of attention to melody or harmony. Participants (N = 150) were members of auditioned university choral ensembles divided by voice-part (sopranos, n = 44; altos, n = 33; tenors, n = 35; basses, n = 38). The music complexity variable consisted of four levels of melodic complexity and four levels of harmonic complexity each paired for a total of 16 possible combinations performed on solo jazz piano. An ANOVA with one between-subjects factor (voice-part) and two within-subjects factors (melodic complexity and harmonic complexity) showed significant differences between music training and focus of attention. Overall, data analysis showed that voice-part training/experience may effect focus of attention indicating that sopranos tended to listen to melodic elements more so than the other voice-parts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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