Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
Michael J. Wagner
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Name
Greg M. Martin
Date of Defense
The general purpose of this research was to determine if a lesson including gender will influence the instrument selection process of fifth grade children. Subjects were two homogeneous groups of fifth grade students from Miami, Florida. Each group received a lesson concerning five acoustic musical instruments: the clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, and drums with photos and music excerpts.
The control group did not receive a gender lecture nor did the photographs depict anyone playing the instrument. Overwhelmingly, drums were the instrument of choice in both groups. As a result a second experiment was designed to replicate experiment 1, but drums were removed from the choices and the trombone was substituted as a "male' instrument.
It was concluded that gender did have an effect on the instrument selection process in young children.
Childers, Chadwick T., "Instrument choice of fifth grade boys and girls aural and visual preference based on presentation mode" (2004). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2331.
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