Event Title

"What is a Good Musician?": An Analysis of Student Beliefs

Start Date

30-5-2011 3:00 PM

End Date

30-5-2011 3:30 PM

Description

The purpose of this study was to discover relationships in student perceptions of what it means to be a “good musician” across grade level, with regard to gender, and according to different school music affiliation among an intact school culture. The specific problems then were to determine (1) what percentage of students choose to participate in school music, (2) if there is a trend in self-reported good musicianship across grade levels, (3) if there is a relationship between gender and music self-efficacy, and (4) which factors defining “good musician” are indicated most frequently among different grade levels. Subjects (N=1219) were students grades 4 through 12 at a moderate-sized suburban school district in Midwestern United States. Subjects were administered an online researcher-devised survey protocol inquiring about areas of musicianship. Results indicate a majority (56%) of students chose not to participate in school music, student self-perceptions of being a good musician decreased in relationship to grade level, girls indicated being a good musician significantly more than boys (p<.0001), and the category “Performs/Practices an Instrument” was the top cited response for each grade level.

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"What is a Good Musician?": An Analysis of Student Beliefs

The purpose of this study was to discover relationships in student perceptions of what it means to be a “good musician” across grade level, with regard to gender, and according to different school music affiliation among an intact school culture. The specific problems then were to determine (1) what percentage of students choose to participate in school music, (2) if there is a trend in self-reported good musicianship across grade levels, (3) if there is a relationship between gender and music self-efficacy, and (4) which factors defining “good musician” are indicated most frequently among different grade levels. Subjects (N=1219) were students grades 4 through 12 at a moderate-sized suburban school district in Midwestern United States. Subjects were administered an online researcher-devised survey protocol inquiring about areas of musicianship. Results indicate a majority (56%) of students chose not to participate in school music, student self-perceptions of being a good musician decreased in relationship to grade level, girls indicated being a good musician significantly more than boys (p<.0001), and the category “Performs/Practices an Instrument” was the top cited response for each grade level.