Acquisition of the hierarchy of tonal functions in music.

@article{Krumhansl1982AcquisitionOT,
  title={Acquisition of the hierarchy of tonal functions in music.},
  author={Carol Krumhansl and Frank C. Keil},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  year={1982},
  volume={10 3},
  pages={243-51}
}
The acquisition of the hierarchy of tonal stabilities in music is investigated in children of elementary school age. Listeners judge how good short tone sequences sound as melodies. The ratings show a pattern of increasing differentiation of the pitches in an octave range. The youngest listeners distinguish between scale and nonscale tones; older listeners distinguish between the tonic triad tones and other scale components. A group of adult listeners show octave equivalence and temporal… CONTINUE READING

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