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ERIC Number: EJ1073594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-0517
To What Extent Does Participation in Extracurricular Music Affect the Future Aspirations of 11-12-Year-Olds? A Small-Scale Investigation
Denny, Eleanor
British Journal of Music Education, v24 n1 p99-115 Mar 2007
I undertook this project as a 12-year-old student while studying research methods at the Children's Research Centre at the Open University. It has already been shown that doing music improves children's Mathematics and English scores. The aim of this study was to find out if it also raises the aspirations of the children taking part. A questionnaire was given out to 80 Year 7 children at two schools in Milton Keynes. Questions investigated the children's musical participation and future aspirations as well as their parents' attitudes and education. The most important findings are that the musical participation of the children is positively correlated with their future aspirations. Musical participation is most closely linked with parental enthusiasm for it. Parental pressure and education were found to have no link with musical participation, but families with low incomes may find affording musical activities hard to maintain. It is recommended that more money be put into music education so children of low socio-economic backgrounds can have more of a chance to play musical instruments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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