Effect of Model Characteristics on Musical Preference of Junior High Students

Janice N. Killian

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In an effort to compare the effect of modeling on the development of musical preference, Sage Publications. Junior high males (n = 67) and females (n = 112), composed of blacks (n = 110), whites (n = 45), and Hispanics (n = 24), indicated their preferences for the 21 performers of the popular song “USA for Africa: We Are the World.” The students then viewed the videotape We Are the World and verbally indicated which solo they would prefer to sing. Statistical comparisons were made between performer preference and solo choices comparing model race and sex with subject race and sex. Results indicated that, generally, subjects tended to prefer same-race and same-sex models. Consistent with previous research, the tendency was stronger for males than females.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Research in Music Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1990


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