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Effects of Chinese popular music familiarity on preference for traditional Chinese music: Research and applications

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Teaching and learning popular music and world musics are prominent topics in music education but often play a supplement role in the classroom. The main purpose of this quantitative experimental study was to investigate the effects of Chinese popular music on students’ familiarity and preference for its traditional version. Participants were undergraduate students from a university in the northeastern United States who completed a pre-test, minimum four weekly treatments and post-test. Results suggest participation in a world music course may contribute to preference for Chinese traditional music, but short-term exposure to popular versions of Chinese traditional music does not seem to contribute to preference for Chinese traditional music. A reason for this may be that popular music has its own cultures and characteristics that are not necessarily transferable to music from other music genres. In addition, the personality traits of open-mindedness or closed-mindedness showed significant influence over preference for traditional or popular music, respectively.
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Keywords: Chinese music; experimental; music preference; popular music; quantitative; world musics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2019

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  • The main aims of Journal of Popular Music Education, especially initially, will be iteratively to define the parameters of the field and disciplines of its readership and contributors (especially with regard to other journals in popular music and music education), this being an emerging field of scholarship and practice. The other principal aim will be to disseminate excellent critique and other forms of scholarship (e.g. phenomenological) in and related to the field. The journal will have an inclusive, global reach. 'Education' and 'popular music' are terms that we expect to be stretched and problematized through rigorous examination from multiple international perspectives.
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