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Slovenská hudba, Vol. 43, No 2, p.173-193

Title: Hodnotová orientácia detských hudobných interpretov
Author: Ľubomíra Záhradníková

Abstract: Although the questions of music’s ethical influence have been in the purview of philosophy since the Middle Ages, they have not been unambiguously answered. However, if the possibility exists that “beauty of music” and “beauty of goodness” share the same source, these questions should be further investigated, especially when it comes to education, since human education assumes goodness and values as its goal. The participants of our research titled Value orientation of young instrumentalists were elementary level art school pupils from Slovakia – successful participants in national and international competitions in music performance (18 students). The study’s aim was to determine, whether high levels of participants’ music performance skills translated into similarly high levels in the area of value orientation. The data was collected using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods and employing research tools created ad hoc: a) solving moral dilemmas; b) sentence completion test; c) Charles E. Osgood’s modified semantic differential (value factor, energy factor, and a newly created “emotional impact factor”) by means of which the participants assessed fifteen concepts (truth, competition, triumph, revenge, goodness, justice, lie, friendship, indifference, love, forgiveness, loss, mockery, beauty, courage); d) structured interviews with a subgroup of eight participants in the final phase of research. Data analysis points to a noncomformist mindset of participants, with orientation toward spiritual and social-interactive values, gravitating toward the value of love. Although the research has confirmed a correlation between participants’ music orientation and an orientation toward goodness, it was unable (as it was not its aim) to confirm a causal link between them – does music cause goodness in participants or is participants’ goodness the reason for their appreciation of musical beauty? In every case, the esthetic and the ethical dimmensions stand side by side and are not mutually exclusive. The actual causal direction between them is open to further research. Our aim was not to discover the truth that humankind has not been able to discover in centuries, but to advance toward it and to look for ways in which it can be approached.

Year: 2017, Volume: 43, Issue: 2 Page From: 173, Page To: 193

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