Aesthetic Response to Choral Music

FROM THE International Journal of Research in Choral Singing — Do performers respond differently to music than non-performers?  This research here by Anita Davis seems to suggest that yes, they do: “Results indicated that (a) overall ratings of listeners from the performer group were significantly higher, (b) performer group listeners significantly changed their ratings across time, and (c) significant rating differences between performer-listeners and non-performer listeners were found for 5 of the 11 intervals.”  While it’s not clear that being a performer causes one to appreciate music more, this correlation is a reason why need to be supporting music performance!

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