Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Seven and eight-year-old, male, second grade pupils served as the subjects for the experiment. Each pupil was exposed to three conditions: 1. fast tempo music; 2. Slow tempo music; and 3. silence. The hypothesis that activity rates increase during exposure to fast musical tempo and decrease during exposure to slow musical tempo was not confirmed from the data, F (2,40) = 2.28, p) .10, but a significant increase in overall activity rate was shown from test to retest periods, F (1,40) = 5.71, p <.05. In addition, a significant degree of variation from one another in overall activity rate, F (5,40) = 5.93, p < .01, and a significant difference existed when pupils' activity rates for all days within the test period and all days within the retest period were considered, F(20,40) = 5 . 49, p < .01. A critical analysis of the experiment is given, and suggestions for further research are offered.
Copyright 1977 Kenneth Windholz
Windholz, Kenneth, "The Effects of Musical Tempo on Activity Rates in Children" (1977). Master's Theses. 1693.