ERIC Number: EJ856429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
A Haiku Suite: The Importance of Music Making in the Lives of Secondary School Students
Prendergast, Monica; Gouzouasis, Peter; Leggo, Carl; Irwin, Rita L.
Music Education Research, v11 n3 p303-317 Sep 2009
This study offers an arts-based a/r/tographic inquiry using poetic transcription and representation of interviews conducted with a co-educational group of 14 students in a West Vancouver, British Columbia secondary school rhythm and blues band class. The decision to translate and analyse the interview transcripts into the Japanese poetry form of haiku is rooted in research literature in education and other fields, primarily health and nursing studies. Those studies demonstrate the efficacy of the highly condensed haiku to transmit meaning in a synthesised and creative form. While music education has a body of scholarship on students' attitudes towards music and their music education, this kind of research has generally been presented in more traditional ways. Our contention here is that arts-based topics are complemented and illuminated when investigated through arts-based methods. As well, arts-based methods such as a/r/tography, offer multiple and complex perspectives of what the data "means", thereby offering a welcome harmony of topic and method. This paper captures the depth and intensity of emotions, engagement and transformative affects that adolescents experience through music making--music matters to young people.
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Poetry, Secondary School Students, Interviews, Teaching Methods, Art Education, Emotional Response
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada