Da Musically Inclined Bomb

DePauw University's First Year Seminar on Writing about Music

Sunday, November 19, 2006

This investigation set out to prove whether fourth and fifth garders could audibly recognize the difference between blues melodies and blues improvisation. The students were split into three equally sized groups. The first group memorized and sang a blues melody, the second group was taught how to play a blued melody on the recorder, and the third group was given very little instruction about playing or singing any blues melody. The groups that were taught melodies were able to discern between improv and melody at a much higher rate than the third group.

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