"The notes look all blurry." Emergent learning diversity in the instrumental music studio

MacArthur, Stephanie, Davidson, Jane, and Krause, Amanda (2020) "The notes look all blurry." Emergent learning diversity in the instrumental music studio. In: [Presented at the Music & Psychology Research Conference]. From: Music & Psychology Research Conference: virtually together, 9 October 2020, Online Event.

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When children commence instrumental music tuition, unacknowledged diversity in their learning can arise. Learning diversity refers to differential needs that children may require in order to facilitate successful musical skill development. The primary focus of this research project is an investigation of children’s lived experiences of the first 18-months of learning to play the cello and how this impacts ongoing musical development. However, an unexpected finding of the research was that across the data collection period, half of the child participants presented with issues that created extra challenges for their learning. These challenges included dyslexia, dyspraxia, suspected attention deficit disorder, learning processing disorders, anxiety and intrusive synesthesia. This paper investigates the ways that children’s learning diversity can emerge and how these challenges can compound the personal and social factors that influence children’s motivation to persist with their musical development. Specifically, this paper examines how children’s additional learning needs can be identified and accommodated by the child, teacher and parent for productive learning outcomes.

Item ID: 65176
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: music education, music-making, learning diversity, instrumental music, cello
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Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 00:01
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 50%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190407 Music Performance @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music @ 50%
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