Interpreting children's initial motivations to learn the cello.

MacArthur, Stephanie, Davidson, Jane W., and Krause, Amanda (2022) Interpreting children's initial motivations to learn the cello. In: Proceedings of the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) 2022 Conference. From: Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) 2022 Conference, 28 September 2022, Virtual.

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This study was part of a longitudinal project that used Participatory Action Research and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis methodologies to investigate how the early learning experiences of 14 beginner cello students aged between 7 - 9 years impacted their longer-term engagement. When lessons commenced, the students’ initial motivations to play the cello were examined in granular detail. Findings indicate that all the children were primed for learning through positive prior engagement with music, and all described an affinity for the register, timbre, size and shape of the cello. With further investigation, each child was found to have a unique set of key intrapersonal factors driving their initial interest to play the cello. These emerged as themes that included: the desire to be creative or musical, to have a hobby, to satisfy a curiosity in learning, and to regulate mood. Developing close interpersonal relationships with family members and friends that played instruments, and building a relationship with the teacher were also found to contribute to children’s initial motivations. Results indicate that the children with a broader range of intrapersonal factors and interpersonal relationships motivating their initial interest were more likely to engage with music learning longer-term.

Item ID: 76124
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: music psychology, psychology of music, social and applied psychology of music, music education, cello, pedagogy, learning, performing, motivations
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2022 02:50
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 50%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360303 Music education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130102 Music @ 50%
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