University of Missouri - Saint Louis

The Graduate School


An oral examination in defense of the dissertation for the degree

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Ann S. Iasello
Masters in Music Education, January, 2003, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Bachelors in Music Education, May, 2000, University of Missouri-St. Louis

The Relationship between the Musical Preferences of Fourth Grade Students and their Parents



“The ability to download music from the Internet is at everyone’s fingertips” (Robert’s & Foehr, 2008, p. 12)! This study attempted to determine if fourth grade students’ musical preferences were influenced by their parents’ musical preferences, their home environment, and technology they used for music listening. Open and closed-ended questions, along with 30-second music samples of several different genres were used in a questionnaire that took less than 10 minutes to complete. Regression analysis was employed and confirmed a discrepancy with the literature. By correcting some of the issues that were encountered in this study, a replication of this study might result in validation of the model thus providing support for the literature. It may be possible the research was done in an era that is just beginning to minimize the musical influences of parents or perhaps the influences of technology have actually expanded childrens’ music preferences.


Date: April 22, 2013

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Place: Dean’s Conference Room, Administration Building—Room 201


Defense of Dissertation Committee


Fred Willman, PhD (Advisor)

Kathleen Haywood, PhD


John Hylton, EdD

Carole Murphy, EdD