Sangmi Kang, a doctoral candidate in music education, and Dr. Hyesoo Yoo, an adjunct assistant professor of music education, have had their article published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME). JRME is often considered the most prestigious music education research journal. The article was entitled “Effects of a Westernized Korean Folk Music Selection on Students’ Music Familiarity and Preference for Its Traditional Version.” Kang and Yoo found that exposing students to Westernized arrangements of world music could help the students develop melodic familiarity with non-Western music. However, listening to the Westernized world music selections did not result in increased preference toward the traditional versions. Their findings have implications for the approaches that music teachers may take to introduce world music to students. The article can be viewed at http://jrm.sagepub.com/content/63/4/469.abstract.
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