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ERIC Number: EJ1224491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-0517
Choosing to Study Music: Student Attitudes towards the Subject of Music in Second-Level Education in the Republic of Ireland
McCarthy, Carrie; O'Flaherty, Joanne; Downey, Jean
British Journal of Music Education, v36 n2 p139-153 Jul 2019
The present study aimed to identify student (16-18 years) attitudes towards the subject of music in second-level education in the Republic of Ireland. The study, framed by an interpretivist approach, employed qualitative data collection methods through interviews and focus groups. Findings indicate that student attitudes to music were influenced by the following factors: their innate interest in the subject, which was strengthened by an existing musical skill or talent, and the perceived use of the subject as a pathway for entry to further/higher education or for a student's professional career. The findings also suggested that the music curriculum and the teaching style of the music teacher impacted student attitudes as did the appeal of the practical element of the subject, particularly with regard to the practical assessment component. Some interpretations of these findings are explored.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland