Date Approved

4-28-1998

Embargo Period

8-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Subject Matter Teaching: Music

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Levinowitz, Lili M.

Subject(s)

Learning; Musical ability in children; Seventh grade (Education)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to begin to understand brain function and musicality. The problem of this study was to determine if there is a relationship between learning process style and musical intelligence.

Subjects who were in grade three were administered the Intermediate Measures of Musical Audiation test (IMMA). This test was used to identify musically talented children. Subjects took the test by listening to a tonal cassette and rhythm cassette. The subjects decided whether pairs of tonal or rhythm pattern they heard sounded the same or different. These tests required no reading skills. Students put circles around the corresponding pictures on the answer sheet.

The Advanced Measures of Music Audiation (AMMA), was used for the seventh grade students and adults, also to determine musical intelligence. The AMMA is a cassette-recorded test that includes two subtests, tonal and rhythm.

Participants were also administered the Learning Combination Inventory by Dr. Christine Johnston. The test determined how the learner processes information on the basis of four patterns: sequential, precise, technical and confluent.

The musical aptitude scores and learning styles were entered into a 2x5 crossbreaks design and a chi-square was calculated to determine the strength of the association. The obtained chi-square was 4.008, which did not reach the critical value for the .05 probability level. Based on the data acquired from this study, it cannot yet be concluded that music aptitude and learning style are associated. This finding supports previous research in music aptitude, which shows that music aptitude is not related to other forms of intelligence.

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