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ERIC Number: EJ784343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1461-3808
Turning Points: A Transitional Story of Grade Seven Music Students' Participation in High School Band Programmes
Gouzouasis, Peter; Henrey, Julia; Belliveau, George
Music Education Research, v10 n1 p75-90 Mar 2008
As a framework for our study, a broad set of themes related to the retention of students in music programmes are presented to enhance our understanding of how to retain band students. Data were collected from grade seven students comprising four focus groups. We used ethnodrama, an arts-based educational research approach, to represent results as a research script. We found that assumptions made in previous research have little in common with what grade seven and eight students feel. Life experiences may strongly impact their decisions, band students like music and find it "fun", and peers define band students as smart, successful, and strong individuals. The impact of the band teacher is minimal. Finally, students who choose not to continue in band often made the choice to avoid music rather than a choice to take other options.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A