ERIC Number: EJ1122877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Singing Ability, Musical Self-Concept, and Future Music Participation
Demorest, Steven M.; Kelley, Jamey; Pfordresher, Peter Q.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v64 n4 p405-420 Jan 2017
Research on adults who identify as "tone deaf" suggest that their poor musical self-concept is shaped by a view of themselves as nonsingers even when their perceptual skills and singing ability are not significantly worse than the general population. Many of these adults self-selected out of further participation as children but expressed regret as adults for lost opportunities. The purpose of this investigation was to explore the role of musical self-concept, attitude, and related variables in predicting students' decisions to participate in elective music instruction in junior high and whether those same variables were related to their assessed singing ability. Findings suggest that family music participation and positive attitudes toward music, particularly their view of themselves as musicians, can predict with 74% accuracy which students choose to continue in elective music. Musical self-concept was also a unique predictor of singing accuracy performance, suggesting a connection between students' actual singing ability and their view of themselves as musicians.
Descriptors: Music Education, Self Concept, Singing, Attitude Measures, Course Selection (Students), Junior High School Students, Ability, Correlation, Family Influence, Positive Attitudes, Predictor Variables, Questionnaires, Scores, Grade 6
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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