Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Ryan Austin Fisher
The purposes of this study were to describe the choral music preferences of choral directors and their choir students, to evaluate whether student preferences and choral director preferences are similar, and to determine if musical preferences vary for students and teachers of different races. The researcher created the Choral Music Preference Inventory to evaluate the research questions. Choral students (n = 214) and choral directors (n = 7) from six selected secondary schools made up the sample. Five one-way, between subjects ANOVAs were computed to determine whether there was a difference in subtest scores for students of different races. Results revealed that there is a significant difference in the musical preferences of student-participants by race for Spirituals, F(4, 209) = 5.13, p = .00, and Black Gospel, F(4, 209) = 24.69, p = .00. Post hoc analyses revealed that Black participants preferred Spirituals more than White participants, and that Black participants preferred Spirituals more than White, Hispanic, and Asian participants. Pearson's Product-Moment correlations were computed to determine whether there was a relationship between student preference and perceived teacher preference for each subtest. There was a strong positive correlation between student-participants' scores and their perceived preference scores of their teacher for the World Music and Spirituals subtests, and a moderately positive correlation between student-participants' scores and their perceived preference scores of their teacher for the Popular, Western Choral, and Black Gospel subtests. Descriptive statistics also revealed a marked difference between student preference and perceived teacher preference for all subtests. For Black teachers, preference scores were highest for Spirituals and Western Choral and the lowest for World Music and Black Gospel. For White teachers, preference scores were highest for Spirituals and Western Choral, and lowest for Popular and Black Gospel. For Black students, the highest rated categories were Black Gospel and Spirituals and the lowest rated was World Music. For White Students, the mean scores for all subtests were relatively close, with World Music receiving the lowest rating.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Murdock, Jeffrey Allen Jr, "Where Preference Meets Praxis: Exploring the Choral Musical Preferences of Urban High School Students and their Teachers" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1251.