Assessing young children’s musical enculturation: a novel method for testing sensitivity to key membership, harmony, and musical metre
development, enculturation, harmony perception, metric processing, rhythm
Western adults with no formal music training have implicit knowledge of the tonal and metrical structure of music within their culture (Hannon & Trehub, 2005; Tillmann, Bharucha, & Bigand, 2000; Trainor & Trehub, 1992), but little research has explored the developmental trajectory of these abilities. Here we test Western preschool children's knowledge of Western key membership and harmony. We also test their ability to perceive simple metrical structures typical of Western music and to complex meters common in some foreign, but not Western, musical systems (London, 1995).
Einarson, K. M., Corrigall, K. A., & Trainor, L. J. (2012, August). Assessing young children’s musical enculturation: A novel method for testing sensitivity to key membership, harmony, and musical metre. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Thessaloniki, Greece.
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