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ERIC Number: EJ793065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Becoming a Music Student: Investigating the Skills and Attitudes of Students Beginning a Music Degree
Burland, Karen; Pitts, Stephanie
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v6 n3 p289-308 2007
This article reports a project designed to foster first-year music students' academic study skills and to investigate their expectations and experiences of starting at university. Data gathered through questionnaires, diaries and in-class tasks reveal the change in learning strategies and musical identity the students experience in their first semester of the music degree course. Academic work and anxieties about workload and assessment challenge the focus on performing which has previously been the students' main source of musical involvement, necessitating a redefinition of what it means to be musically successful. These findings are discussed in the broader context of musicians' life-span development, and the article concludes with some implications for practice in higher education and beyond. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom