Using the Intermediate Measure of Music Audiation to Determine Rhythmic Aptitude: A Comparison by...

July 1, 1996 / By: Debra Bouwman

The purpose of this study was to test the rhythmic aptitude of children in grades three and five using the Intermediate Measures of Music Audiation (IMMA) by Edwin E. Gordon (1986). The results of the test were compared by grade level and gender to explore three questions: (a) is there a difference between boys' and girls' musical aptitude; (b) is there a difference between third-grade students' and fifth-grade students' musical aptitude; and (c) what impact should the results have on what happens in the music classroom?