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From:    Charles Tassoni  <tass(at)CATTELL.PSYCH.UPENN.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 28 Apr 1993 21:40:51 EDT

A friend told me about your newsgoup. She said that you can do extremely thorough literature searches, and that you can also give a list of names of researchers who are working in a given subfield of audition. I am interested in two fields. One is the study of ear-training. That is, I am interested in how music students develop the ability to take melodic dictation. Research question in this area include: What are typical interval confusions (that is, do music students tend to confuse minor thirds more with major thirds than with major seconds)? How do different harmonic backgrounds affect interval confusions? Under what conditions are students able to retain the tonic? Are dictation mistakes in long melodic sequences predictable from mistakes in two note sequences? Does speeded response in melodic dictation develop automaticity of dictation? Do students taking melodic dictations use harmonically important notes as reference points, or do they simply keep place interval by interval? An example of the first strategy would be hearing a musical sequence as: third degree of the major scale followed by fifth degree followed by sixth degree. An example of the second strategy is hearing the same sequence as +3 +2. Supposedly the strategies could be distinguished by appropriate manipulations of the harmonic background in which these melodic sequences are presented. The other field I'm interested in is connectionist modeling of music. I am particularly interested in attempts to predict a composer's note at time t from the composer's output from t0 to t-1. I am, of course, interested in the intersection of the two fields, which is the attempt to use connectionist networks to model music students' errors in melodic dictation. Please put me on your mailing list, and please tell me how to request literature searches and names of relevant researchers. (The reason I don't treat literature searches and names of relevant researchers as identical is I hold out the hope that you'd know about someone who was working on a research question but had not yet published anything on the question.) -Chuck

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