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Lowe, Geoffrey – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2010
Many young West Australians learn musical instruments through school based elective programs. However, many students drop out from these programs, particularly in lower secondary school. This paper reports on a study I conducted into the motives of 48 lower secondary school students for playing a musical instrument, and the role of the instrument…
Descriptors: Elective Courses, Student Attitudes, Focus Groups, Musical Instruments
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Swingler, Tim; Brockhouse, John – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2009
This paper focuses on the category of electronic musical instruments described as "gestural controllers"--motion sensor technology and specially adapted switches--which are widely used in special education. The therapeutic benefits of this technology in emancipating children from their cognitive or physical limitations are increasingly…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Special Needs Students, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Assistive Technology
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Southcott, Jane – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2016
As a primary school student in the 1960s I learnt the recorder. This paper explores how the recorder became a staple of Australian primary school music programs. At that time recorders were comparatively recently revived Renaissance musical instruments that were adopted by music educators as a way for children and their teachers to engage in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Education, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers
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Garvis, Susanne – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2012
Music in early years classrooms is an important learning area for young children. Young children need access to hear different genres of music, learn a variety of repertoire, engage in composing and play musical instruments. With the changing reform agenda in early childhood education however, little is known about the way music is positioned in…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Music, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Lowe, Geoffrey; Coy, Neil – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to gather information on measures of motivation among year 7, 8 and 9 students enrolled in class music in a major Australian secondary school. The rationale for the study was to gain insights into why retention in the class music program had dramatically increased since the introduction of a new teaching program. A…
Descriptors: Likert Scales, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Student Motivation
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Greig, Jeremy; Lowe, Geoffrey – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2014
Jazz big band is a common extra-curricular musical activity in Western Australian secondary schools. Jazz big band offers important fundamentals that can help expand a student's musical understanding. However, the teaching of conventions associated with big band jazz has often been haphazard and can be daunting and frightening, especially for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Education, Theater Arts, Secondary Education
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Arthur, Patricia; Khuu, Sieu; Blom, Diana – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2016
The metronome is a frequently used time-keeping tool in music instrument practice. However, if its speed is set beyond a comfortable level for the performer, their eye movement (EM) patterns can betray pressure that might have been placed on the visual processing system. The patterns of the eyes moving forward or back, (saccades); when the eye…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Music Education, Eye Movements, Musical Instruments
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Klopper, Christopher – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2010
Cultural boundaries are no longer geographically dictated. This intercultural music making initiative made provision for the social cohesion of the North-West University, South Africa Tswana students as they prepared musical artefacts for "export" that convey, confirm and explore their culture of birth. Advancement in emerging digital…
Descriptors: Music, Foreign Countries, Internet, Technological Advancement
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Tedeschi, Simon – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2013
This author is quite often described by respected critics and musical peers as one of the finest artists in the world--making the young pianist's mark on music both undeniable and admirable. In this speech he shares his thoughts on improvisation. The ability to improvise is integral to the future of classical music. Classical pianists are still…
Descriptors: Music, Speeches, Creative Activities, Classical Music
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McCord, Kimberly – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2009
Students with communication disabilities present challenges to general music teachers with inclusive music classrooms. Typically, students perform, compose and improvise with others in the class, but students with physical disabilities that include communication difficulties or students with autism are left out or at best marginally participate.…
Descriptors: Music Education, Communication Strategies, Creative Activities, Autism
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Power, Anne M.; Powell, Sarah J. – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2016
The provision of musical experiences for youth, especially in low socio-economic areas (SES), requires funded support and imaginative resourcing. This paper presents data from the Penrith (NSW Australia) Youth String Program offered in partnership by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), Penrith Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and The Joan Sutherland…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Youth Programs, Low Income Groups, Foreign Countries
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Munday, Jenni; Smith, Wyverne – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2010
Pre-service teacher degree programs are increasingly crowded with subjects covering the wide gamut of knowledge a teacher requires. Ensuring musical knowledge and language for classroom teaching poses a difficult problem for teacher educators. This article examines the challenges of including in the pre-service classroom teaching program a music…
Descriptors: Music Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Music Theory, Creative Activities
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James, Barbara – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2012
Playing the piano can result in intense muscular activity with the potential to cause injury to the hand and fingers. It was reasoned some time ago that technique had to be made sustainable. This resulted in the exploration of ways to make muscular use more economic in playing because even small energy savings are worthwhile in making technique…
Descriptors: Prevention, Injuries, Acoustics, Teaching Methods
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Zhukov, Katie – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2009
This paper reviews latest research findings on practising in an attempt to encourage studio music teachers to trial new approaches. Literature shows that expert performers begin learning an instrument at an early age, and sustain and increase their deliberate practice over at least 10 years. A certain amount of practice hours is needed to achieve…
Descriptors: Motivation, Music Teachers, Teaching Methods, Music Education
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Collins, Anita – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2011
Education degrees are constantly shifting in order to remain relevant and contemporary within changing curriculums and teaching paradigms. This change is vital to ensure the degrees meet the requirements of a practicing teacher in today's schools. One method of informing such changes is to investigate the views and mine the wisdom of practicing…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Music Education, Music, Music Teachers
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