A study of song preferences of children and possible influences of identified musical elements on student song selections

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Frances L. McCachern (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
James W. Sherbon

Abstract: The purposes of this study were to identify songs that were preferred by second-and fifth-grade subjects and to isolate musical and textual elements that were found to be common to preferred and nonpreferred songs. The subjects were 125 students in six second-grade classrooms and 146 students in five fifth-grade classrooms. All subjects were presented with booklets containing song texts randomly selected from song textbooks. Subjects listened, as intact classes, to tape recordings of those songs. On the final day of the three-day testing procedure, subjects placed a mark under one of three faces displaying varying degrees of happiness. Lists of preferred and nonpreferred second- and fifth-grade songs were compiled according to frequency tabulations of subjects' marks under smiling and frowning faces. A Song Analysis Guide served as an instrument for recording all data used in the analysis of musical and textual elements of each song. Frequency tabulations of those elements were subsequently made.

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Language: English
Date: 1980
Children's songs
Music $v Juvenile

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