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Thorpe, Vicki – British Journal of Music Education, 2018
The purpose of this article is to contribute to existing literature about how activity theory might be used in music education research. It draws from the author's doctoral action research into the assessment of group composing for New Zealand's secondary school qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). It outlines…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Musical Composition, Self Concept, Music Education
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Baker, Geoffrey; Bull, Anna; Taylor, Mark – British Journal of Music Education, 2018
Within the growing field of publications on El Sistema and Sistema-inspired programmes around the world, a marked divide can be observed between the findings of critical academic studies and commissioned evaluations. Using evaluations of El Sistema in Venezuela and Aotearoa New Zealand as our principal case studies, we argue that this gulf can be…
Descriptors: Music Education, Social Change, Program Evaluation, Case Studies
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Swain, Nicola; Bodkin-Allen, Sally – British Journal of Music Education, 2014
Singing is an important part of teaching for early childhood teachers. However, some teachers find this difficult and may even identify themselves as "tone-deaf". We invited a group of early childhood teachers who self-identified as "tone-deaf" to participate in a study to investigate their beliefs and behaviours about singing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Singing, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
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McPhail, Graham – British Journal of Music Education, 2013
Informal learning has become a prominent theme in music education literature in recent times. Many writers have called for a new emphasis on informal knowledge and pedagogy as the way forward for music education. The position taken in this paper is that a central issue for music education is the accommodation of a tension between types of…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Music Education, Rock Music, Music Teachers
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Parkes, Kelly A.; Daniel, Ryan – British Journal of Music Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore why highly trained musicians choose to teach in higher education. An international population from nine countries of music instrument teachers was sampled via online survey, to determine their reasons for teaching in higher education. Motivational constructs from the expectancy-value framework were used,…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musicians, Online Surveys, Music Teachers
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McPhail, Graham – British Journal of Music Education, 2012
This paper discusses recent developments in the senior music curriculum in New Zealand. I suggest that school music is in transition from its clearly defined origins to its "regionalisation" by new content and knowledge. The concepts of knowledge differentiation and verticality are considered in relation to the subject's now diverse…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Curriculum, Music Education, Curriculum Development
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Wise, Stuart; Greenwood, Janinka; Davis, Niki – British Journal of Music Education, 2011
The music industry in the 21st century uses digital technology in a wide range of applications including performance, composition and in recording and publishing. Much of this digital technology is freely available via downloads from the internet, as part of software included with computers when they are purchased and via applications that are…
Descriptors: Music Education, Teaching Methods, Music Activities, Foreign Countries
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Locke, Linda; Locke, Terry – British Journal of Music Education, 2011
How might primary students utilise the stimulus of a painting in a collaborative composition drawing on a non-conventional sound palette of their own making? This practitioner research features 17 recorder players from a Year 6 class (10-11-year-olds) who attend a West Auckland primary school in New Zealand. These children were invited to…
Descriptors: Music Education, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Musical Instruments
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Bolton, Jan – British Journal of Music Education, 2008
An innovative ICT project called "Compose" has been implemented in some New Zealand primary schools in an effort to counteract the lack of classroom composition opportunities. "Compose" combines the use of music software and online learning with attempts to address barriers to primary classroom composition. This article…
Descriptors: Musical Composition, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Barriers