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Viig, Tine Grieg – British Journal of Music Education, 2019
This article reports on a case study in a Norwegian primary school where nearly 50 fifth-grade pupils took part in a creative music-making project. Facilitated by two professional artists, they created an original piece of music and performed their composition for an audience at the end of the project week. A substantial part of the data consisted…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Music
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Roberts, J. Christopher – British Journal of Music Education, 2016
This study compared primary student preference for competitive and non-competitive singing games. Students in three intact classes of second graders (n = 65) and three classes of fourth graders (n = 67) at one school in the USA served as subjects. After playing a pair of games, one competitive and one non-competitive, over the course of five…
Descriptors: Music Education, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Preferences
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Akuno, Emily Achieng' – British Journal of Music Education, 2015
In the Republic of Kenya, song is widely used to enhance the whole curriculum in lower primary classes. Song is used especially to aid recall and therefore teachers adapt tunes that children already know, inserting relevant words from the subject at hand. Despite this widespread practice, this form of singing in schools is not recognised by the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Education, Singing, Teaching Methods
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Mackinlay, Elizabeth – British Journal of Music Education, 2014
In this paper, I use a bricolage of arts-based research and writing practices to explore narratives by Grade 4 children about their experiences in a drumming circle called "Bam Bam" as represented in a text they created with me called An ABC of drumming. The term "narrative" is used here in a contemporary sense to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Music Education, Personal Narratives
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Andrews, Kathryn – British Journal of Music Education, 2013
This practitioner-based research, undertaken by the author in her own teaching context with herself as participant, explores how autonomous learning skills and motivation can be fostered in primary-aged instrumentalists. A primary school extra-curricular recorder group was observed participating in two stages of lessons: the first,…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Extracurricular Activities, Musicians, Student Motivation
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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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Lum, Chee-Hoo – British Journal of Music Education, 2009
In this ethnographic study, the musical behaviours of 28 primary school children in Singapore were examined for their meaning and diversity as they engaged in the school day. A large part of these children's musical behaviours stemmed from their exposure to the mass media. Children's musical inventions emerged in the context of play, occasionally…
Descriptors: Play, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Mass Media
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Kopiez, Reinhard; Lehmann, Marco – British Journal of Music Education, 2008
This study investigates age-related changes in musical preference in elementary school children. The tolerance towards unconventional musical styles has been called "open-earedness" (Hargreaves, 1982a), and it is assumed to decline with increasing age. Musical preferences of 186 students from grade 1 to 4 (age range: 6-10 years) were…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Aesthetics, Aesthetic Education, Music Appreciation
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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
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Custodero, Lori A. – British Journal of Music Education, 2007
This study explores the musical content and human processes of improvisations of children and adults using the phenomenological lenses of time, space and responsivity. Paired improvisational performances of two late-career adult composers and two 7-year-old children were analysed considering a lifespan-related perspective involving the origins of…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Expertise, Creative Activities, Content Analysis
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Pieridou-Skoutella, Avra – British Journal of Music Education, 2007
Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with Greek Cypriot elementary school children in urban and rural areas of the Republic of Cyprus, the author describes and analyses the ways in which national musical identity is constructed in and out of school in connection with Cypriot traditional music. Findings reveal the development of fluid and often…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music, Music Education, Elementary School Students
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Mang, Esther – British Journal of Music Education, 2006
Literature on children's singing development is largely skewed towards findings based on English-speaking children. The present study aims to fill the gap in research through an investigation of the effects of age, gender and language on the singing competency of Cantonese-speaking children. One hundred and twenty children aged 7 and 9 years…
Descriptors: Singing, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Language Skills
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Stavrou, Natassa Economidou – British Journal of Music Education, 2006
This article reports on research investigating the "received" music curriculum as experienced by children and how this corresponds with the expectations of the official music curriculum. The research was conducted in Cyprus and the sample consisted of 1196 children in their final year in primary school. Results verify a huge gap between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Education, Curriculum, Elementary School Students
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Hall, Clare – British Journal of Music Education, 2005
This article derives from a research project investigating the singing behaviour of a group of Australian boys in their first year of school. The project showed that the genesis of the "missing male" trend in singing at school may be occurring in early childhood. The impact of hegemonic masculinity in early childhood is explored here by…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Males, Singing, Child Behavior
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Charles, Brigitte – British Journal of Music Education, 2004
The purpose of the study is to examine, through interviews and observations, the extent to which 8-10 year old children in a London primary school replicate gendered musical practices and experience gendered musical meanings, and how these may affect their expectations and the specific practices and products of their composition. I also consider…
Descriptors: Musical Composition, Gender Issues, Gender Differences, Elementary School Students
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