Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Music Education

First Advisor's Name

Michael J. Wagner

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Joseph Rohm

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.




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