Faculty Publications

Title

The effect of teacher approval and disapproval of music performed in a rehearsal setting on music preferences

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Band, Ensemble rehearsal, Middle school, Music preference, Teacher comments

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Research in Music Education

Volume

56

Issue

3

First Page

267

Last Page

278

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of teacher approvals and disapprovals of music performed in a rehearsal setting on the music preferences of middle school students. Students (N = 440) from eight middle school bands participated in the study and were assigned one of four different rehearsal conditions. Teachers rehearsed either one or two assigned pieces of music, while implementing one of the following treatment conditions: (a) rehearsal of one piece with teacher approval and rehearsal of the other piece without comment; (b) rehearsal of one piece with teacher disapproval and rehearsal of the other without comment; (c) rehearsal of only one of the pieces, with teacher approval; and (d) rehearsal of only one of the pieces, with teacher disapproval. After five rehearsals of the music, students were given a listening survey on which to rate their preferences for the two compositions. Results indicated that the treatment conditions had a significant effect on preferences. Ratings from the approval treatment condition were significantly higher than those from the disapproval treatment condition. © 2008 MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Original Publication Date

12-17-2008

DOI of published version

10.1177/0022429408326800

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