Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music Education (MME)



First Advisor

Mr. Charles E. Wesley

Second Advisor

Mr. W. Francis McBeth

Third Advisor

Mr. James C. Berryman


The purpose of this study is to provide adequate information for parents and kindergarten teachers in guiding preschool children through meaningful and enjoyable music experiences. The primary sources which are used in the study are books and unpublished materials -- investigations, theses, and dissertations.

The role of heredity in musical aptitude is discussed in Chapter II. Attention is given to the important investigations which have been made regarding the inheritance of musical talent. The two schools of thought concerning the measurement of musical talent are discussed. A program of music experiences for preschool children in the home and at kindergarten is presented in Chapters III and IV.

Children need to be guided musically in the home through aural, rhythmic, and singing experiences. Most of the sources which have been consulted agree that the average home does not provide the preschool child with a variety of musical experiences. Therefore, the kindergarten teacher is confronted with a greater challenge to create adequate and meaningful experiences in music for each child according to his interests and abilities.



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