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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Suzanne B. H[?]

First Committee Member

Robert D. Morrow

Second Committee Member

Audree S. O'Connell

Third Committee Member

Lois N. H[?]


The aim of this study was to assess how young children between the ages of one and four years develop rhythm skills. The project was a pilot study conducted at 11 preschools and day care centers in Stockton, California, and included 60 children. Thirty behaviors comprised the test of various aspects of rhythmic performance. The children were video-taped and the tapes were then analyzed. By examining how many children in a particular age group could perform a particular task, a sequence became apparent. This body of research can now be used as a basis for further studies with the aim of establishing a standardized assessment scale of rhythm development and other musical skills.