Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


School of Music


Music Education

First Advisor

Wendy H. Valerio


The purpose of this research is to investigate kindergarten students' tonal pattern creativity. The research question was: what is the relationship between tonal pattern creativity achievement and developmental music aptitude among kindergarten students? Twenty-one students of one intact kindergarten class participated in the study. Students were administered both sub-tests of the Primary Measures of Music Audiation. The investigator developed a tonal pattern creativity opportunity protocol that was included during regularly scheduled, twice-weekly music class instruction for one semester. At the conclusion of the semester, students were video-recorded during four tonal pattern creation opportunities that were rated by three raters used an investigator-developed, five-point rating scale. Calculated Pearson product moment correlation coefficients between the Primary Measures of Music Audiation- Tonal Subtest and Combined Tonal Pattern Creativity Achievement (CTPCA), the Primary Measures of Music Audiation- Rhythm Subtest and CTPCA, and the Primary Measures of Music Audiation- Combined Score and CTPCA were positive but low in all cases, ranging from .24 to.32. None of the relationships examined in this study was significant.