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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Conservatory of Music

First Advisor

David E. Wolfe

First Committee Member

George Nemeth

Second Committee Member

Audree S. O'Connell


In this study an attempt was made to measure the effects of verbal discussion on musical expressiveness. Subjects (N =30) were all members of a conservatory symphony orchestra. The subjects were divided into three groups: Group 1 was a listening and discussion group; Group 2 listening only; and Group 3 control group, no treatment. The study used a pre- and post-test design in which all the subjects were requested to play a given melody twice. Analysis of the data, using two-tailed t tests and ANOVAs, revealed no statistically significant differences among the three groups for the effect of verbal discussion on expressiveness. The subjects' self-reports, however, illustrated that they perceived a difference in their expressive playing.



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