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ERIC Number: EJ859047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-13
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
No Pain, No Gain? Motivation and Self-Regulation in Music Learning
de Bezenac, Christophe; Swindells, Rachel
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v10 n16 May 2009
This paper explores the issue of motivation in music learning in higher education by contextualising data collected as part of the "Investigating-Musical-Performance" research project (Welch, et al., 2006-2008). The discussion begins with findings which suggest that popular, jazz and folk musicians experience more pleasure in musical activities than their classical counterparts. Also significant are results indicating that the latter are more influenced by parents and teachers, with the former primarily motivated by intrinsic factors. In examining these findings, three interrelated themes are considered: the quality of musicians' motivation, genre-specific learning practices, and the competencies demanded by particular music systems. Critiquing the socio-cultural assumptions inherent in Western music pedagogy, and the role of external regulation in formal education systems, a case is made for the importance of autonomy. Questions are raised about the purpose of music education and consequences of formalising musics traditionally learnt through direct engagement with communities of practice. (Contains 1 figure and 4 graphs.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom