Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Degree Discipline



The fundamental purpose of music in the public schools is to promote and insure the richest possible interaction between children and music. It is part of the inherent nature of boys and girls that they are responsive to music, and one of the basic purposes of any program of music education is to provide a variety of opportunities through which children will grow in scope and quality of their responsiveness.

The indispensable approach to music is through the ear. Children grow musically through their own reactions to music and they can react to music only when they have heard it. Because their contact with music comes through auditory perception, children's understanding of it develops as they are able to organize into patterns the things they hear.

Since tone exists in time rather than space, some system of symbols for tone has been necessary for the preservation of musical ideas. Musical notation is the complex arrangement by which these symbols indicate the tonal and rhythmic intention of the one who writes them. As a child's musical experience continues and his association of ear and eye becomes more refined, these symbols of notation convey more explicit tonal meanings to him.

The writer of this paper hopes to show that through an organized program of study} children can and will find the broadest possible opportunities for musical growth.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Julius B. Jones

Committee Member

Ella Cullins

Committee Member

Kathryn Jordan


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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