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Motivating the musically disaffected

Kellett, Mary (2000). Motivating the musically disaffected. In: Upton, Graham and Clipson-Boyles, Suzi eds. Putting Research into Practice in Primary Teaching and Learning. David Fulton, pp. 141–153.

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Abstract

This chapter discusses a research project exploring musical listening skills with a class of 6-9-year-olds, spanning Key Stages 1 and 2. Completely new activities were designed so that the disaffected and less musical would not feel disadvantaged. The 'expert status' of all children was constantly reinforced. A non-threatening environment was created by the reassurance that there were no right or wrong answers, and non-verbal stimuli were used to scaffold responses. The results showed that listening skills developed significantly and musical self-esteem was raised. The greatest measurable progress was made by the less able and those with low self-seteem. Implications for teaching and issues of balance between the three components of the music curriculum are also discussed.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1-85346-642-5, 978-1-85346-642-7
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 15229
Depositing User: Mary Kellett
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2009 09:59
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:24
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15229
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