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Music Style Preference. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, December 2008, Pages: 108
Today's music educator must attempt to remain aware of prevalent styles of music in popular culture and the rapidly changing musical landscape in today's popular culture makes this a challenge.
The purpose of this study was to review the music preference findings of Leblanc (1979) utilizing the most common styles of popular music in today's media. Seven styles of popular music along with traditional jazz, and Romantic classical music were rated for preference by students in the fifth grade and college non-music majors. These preference indications were compared based on age, gender, environment of upbringing, and amounts and types of music training.
Results indicated greatest preference for punk rock music among fifth graders and pop rock among college non-music majors. All subjects least preferred country music, traditional jazz and Romantic classical music. Responses were found to differ significantly based on gender, music training, and types of music training. These results may be helpful to music educators as they consider content for their classes, while preference researchers will benefit from the continued study of style preference.
- Introduction Identification of Problem Statement of Purpose Definition of Terms
II. Related Literature
- Model of Music Preference Decisions Music Style Preference Summary
- Pilot Study
- Data Collection
- Reliability Summary of Results from Testing Summary
- Comparison of Results of Leblanc (1979) to the Current Study
- Discussion Limitations
- Suggestions for Future Research Implications Epilogue
- Appendix A: Leblanc’s Model of Music Preference Decisions
- Appendix B: Music Style Definitions
- Appendix C: Possible Style Examples of Music Style Validation Tape
- Appendix D: Music Order for Validation Tape
- Appendix E: Music Style Validation Form
- Appendix F: Excerpts for Dissertation Testing Instrument
- Appendix G: Dissertation Testing Instrument Order
- Appendix H: Personal Information (College Subjects)
- Appendix I: Personal Information (5th Grade Subjects)
- Appendix J: Preference Inventory
- Appendix K: Letter to Principals, Superintendents, and School Boards
- Appendix L: Parental Permission Form
- Appendix M: Informed Consent Form
John Ginocchio is Director of Bands and an Assistant Professor of Music at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. He holds Doctor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University.