Author(s)

Donna Lyon

Date Approved

5-1-2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Subject Matter Teaching

Department

Music

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dammers, Rick

Subject(s)

Music--Instruction and study--Juvenile;Home and school

Disciplines

Music Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the extent the home musical environment affects a child's attitude towards and aptitude in music. Factors that were explored were parent attitudes, parent music background, child attitudes, child aptitudes, age, and gender roles. Parents (N=95) from a suburban elementary school completed an online survey to determine the nature of the musical environment of their home. Their children (N=121), who were first and fourth graders, completed a student attitude survey. The Intermediate Measures of Music Audiation was administered to determine student aptitude. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods were used to analyze the data collected from both parent and student surveys. Home musical environment did not appear to influence attitude or aptitude.

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