Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Greg Jerome Bowers

Committee Members

Gayle Murchison

Peter Vishton


Expectations play a significant role in the way a listener experiences a piece of music. These expectations have been thought to generate through the probabilistic learning of harmonic structures by exposure to music. They make up what is called schematic memory. Through this understanding of musical memory, researchers have found that different schematic frameworks exist in participants from different cultures. This study has two primary goals. The first is to isolate harmony as a key element of schematic memory for music. The second is to consider the possibility that different genres within Western music may have their own schematic frameworks, as represented in musical memory, in a way similar to music from different cultures. While harmony was found to play a significant role in schematic memory, it remains unclear whether or not different genres within Western culture are categorized independently due to the differences in their harmonic frameworks.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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