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Corrigall, K., & Trainor, L. J. (2010). Musical enculturation in preschool children: acquisition of key and harmonic knowledge.
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TitleMusical enculturation in preschool children: acquisition of key and harmonic knowledge
Author(s)Corrigall, Kathleen; Trainor, Laurel J.
Date2010
Keyword(s)key membership, harmony, tonality, musical enculturation, pitch
DescriptionEven adults without formal music training have implicit musical knowledge that they have acquired through day-to-day exposure to the music of their culture. Two of the more sophisticated musical abilities to develop in childhood are knowledge of key membership (which notes belong in a key) and harmony (chords and chord progressions). Previous research suggests sensitivity to key membership by 4 or 5 years, but provides no behavioral evidence of harmony perception until 6 or 7. Thus, we examined knowledge of key membership and harmony in 4- and 5-year-old children using a simple task and a familiar song. In line with previous research, we found that even the youngest children had acquired key membership. Furthermore, even 4-year-olds demonstrated some knowledge of Western harmony, which continued to develop between 4 and 5 years of age. In sum, our results indicate that harmony perception begins to develop earlier than has been previously suggested.
Peer ReviewedYes
Type of ItemJournal Articles
DOI10.1525/mp.2010.28.2.195
Publication InformationCorrigall, K. A., & Trainor, L. J. (2010). Musical enculturation in preschool children: Acquisition of key and harmonic knowledge. Music Perception, 28, 195-200. doi:10.1525/mp.2010.28.2.195
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