Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MMUS)



First Advisor

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.


A Thesis Presented to the University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Music University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2004 Rebecca Gibson.