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Musical preference, identification, and familiarity

Teo, T.ORCID: 0000-0002-7552-8497, Hargreaves, D.J. and Lee, J. (2008) Musical preference, identification, and familiarity. Journal of Research in Music Education, 56 (1). pp. 18-32.

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The authors investigate whether there were significant differences in preferences for, familiarity with, and identification of Chinese, Malay, and Indian music between adolescent students from Singapore (n = 78) and the United Kingdom (n = 53). Also explored are the relationships among these three variables. Students were asked to rate their preference for and familiarity with Chinese, Malay, and Indian excerpts on 7-point Likert-type scales and to name each musical style. Singaporean girls showed greater preference for, familiarity with, and identification of the Chinese and Malay styles than did girls from the United Kingdom. Both groups rated the Indian music lowest on preference and familiarity, although the Singaporean students were better at identifying it. Positive interrelationships among familiarity, identification, and preference for these styles were found for the Chinese style but not for the Indian music. These results reflect the influence of culture and education on students' cognitive—affective responses to different ethnic musical styles.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Copyright: © 2008 by National Association for Music Education
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