The effects of previous modern dance experience and music upon perceptions of creative movement

dc.contributor.advisorJackson, Andrew S.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBain, Linda L.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPerry, Jane
dc.creatorSchovajsa, Raenelle Gayle
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-19T17:45:00Z
dc.date.available2022-05-19T17:45:00Z
dc.date.issued1977
dc.description.abstractThe problem was to study the effects of previous modern dance experience and music upon perception of creative movement in modern dance. The purpose of the study was twofold: a) to determine if modern dance experience will affect one's perception of a modern dance composition, and b) to determine if musical accompaniment will affect one's perception of a modern dance composition. Procedures Sixty college women enrolled in health and physical education classes were chosen as subjects for this study. A modern dance videotape was then viewed by four groups of subjects for the purpose of perceiving movement as a means of communication. Two groups of subjects viewed the film with musical accompaniment, and two groups viewed the film without musical accompaniment. The independent variables of this study were musical accompaniment and one's past experience in modern dance instruction. The semantic differential scale was used to measure the student's perception of the modern dance viewed. A pilot study was conducted in which the results provided the basis for the development of the dependent variable of this study which was a semantic differential scale. The semantic differential data were factor analyzed and factor scores were calculated for each factor. This was to identify the true score variance being measured by each factor and reliably scale each isolated factor. Analysis of variance was then used to determine if the defined groups differed in their perception of the creative modern dance composition. Results The three factors measured by the semantic differential scale were: factor one, "Purity of Movement," factor two, "Serenity of Movement," and factor three as "Dynamics of Movement." The results of the analysis of variance showed that there were no significant differences between the subjects who viewed the modern dance videotape with and without accompaniment. The attitudes of the subject's perception of creative movement were not related to the amount of past experience in modern dance, nor to the presence or absence of rhythmic accompaniment. Conclusions Based upon the statistical findings and limitations of the study, the following conclusions were made: 1. The viewer's perception of modern dance is not affected by past modern dance experience. 2. The viewer's perception of modern dance is not affected by the musical accompaniment.
dc.description.departmentEducation, College of
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dc.identifier.other3820175
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10657/9134
dc.language.isoen
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dc.titleThe effects of previous modern dance experience and music upon perceptions of creative movement
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dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Education
thesis.degree.departmentEducation, College of
thesis.degree.disciplineEducation
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Education

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