Date of Award
Master of Music (MMUS)
Dr. Melissa Berke
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of kinesthetically based listening lessons on the attitudes of elementary students towards orchestral music. Students in grades three through six (N=89) who attended a multiage school were used as subjects. For a pretest, subjects were asked to listen to three orchestral pieces, after which they were asked to fill out a ten question survey to determine their attitude toward each piece. Subjects were then taught listening lessons utilizing the three following teaching strategies: 1) a Kinesthetically/Visually based listening map lesson; 2) a Kinesthetically based listening lesson; and 3) a Passive listening lesson. When all the lessons had been taught, students were again asked to listen to the same three orchestral pieces, filling out a posttest survey to determine if their attitude toward any of the pieces had changed. Results indicated that there was not a significant difference between pre and posttest comparisons.
Gibson, Rebecca S., "The effects of kinesthetically-based listening maps on the attitude of elementary students toward orchestral music." (2004). Student Work. 2930.