Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Second Advisor

Dr. David S. Smith

Third Advisor

Ellen GriggsDrane

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to compare the rhythmical abilities and testing behaviors of children with Williams syndrome (Ws) to typical children. Forty-three children took part in the study, including 9 children with W s and 34 children of the typical population.

The MRL Test of Kinesthetic Response to Music and a Behavioral Checklist identified rhythmical ability and testing behaviors respectively. The former indicated that typical children scored significantly better than Ws children in 9 of 11 exercises at the .05 alpha level. Two Ws children were tested in optimum environments. Compared to their typical peers, there were no significant differences for 8 of 11 exercises at the .05 alpha level.

The Behavioral Checklist revealed that the Ws children were more distractible, but showed greater musical enjoyment, took personal interest in the researcher, and revealed more creativity and spontaneity when playing.

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