ERIC Number: EJ1141289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Affirmation, Validation, and Empowerment: Influences of a Composition Competition on Students' Self-Concepts as Musicians
Albert, Daniel J.
Research Studies in Music Education, v39 n1 p91-107 Jun 2017
The purpose of this study was to determine if participation in a composition competition influenced four K-12 students' self-concepts as musicians. Research questions explored motivations for these four students to enter into a composition competition, influences of the competition on students' self-concepts as musicians (if at all), and effects of the competition besides those of self-concept as a musician (if at all). Data sources for this multiple case design study included semi-structured interviews, journals, and wiki interactions. Findings determined that acceptance to the competition, performance of students' works, and the reception that students received validated and strengthened their self-concepts as musicians. Suggestions for teaching practice include providing constructive feedback from competition adjudicators, creating face-to-face and online experiences for student composers to network, and offering non-adjudicated composition festival experiences for students.
Descriptors: Self Concept, Musicians, Music, Music Education, Motivation, Musical Composition, Music Activities, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Middle School Students, High School Students, Competition, Case Studies, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Journals
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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