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Youth orchestra participation and perceived benefit: A pilot study of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra

Baker, WJ ORCID: 0000-0002-0859-4996, Forbes, A-M ORCID: 0000-0002-0856-9168 and Earle, J 2020 , 'Youth orchestra participation and perceived benefit: A pilot study of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra' , Australian Journal of Music Education, vol. 53, no. 1 , pp. 3-16 .

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Formed in 1965, and now including around 150 players and seven ensembles, the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra (TYO) is the oldest state-based youth orchestra in Australia. This paper presents the findings from a 2018 survey of TYO participants, as one part of a broader qualitative pilot project into the perceived benefits of participation in TYO. Using inductive thematic analysis techniques researchers identified the following four themes from these data, which, in order of significance, are that participation in their TYO group: 1) was strongly identified as an embodied and emotional experience; 2) enables the development of specific, identified musical skills; 3) contributes to the making of, and maintenance of, important friendships; and 4) results in the development of non-musical skills such as personal organisation and learned social skills. The research team also found that many respondents demonstrated “growth mindset” thinking (Dweck, 2006) and resilient behaviours, perhaps indicating that there may be something in their experience that enables them to employ these characteristics in their learning in TYO groups. Funding has been provided to extend this research beyond the pilot stage to develop research informed resources to support learning and teaching for resilience in youth Arts organisations.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Baker, WJ and Forbes, A-M and Earle, J
Keywords: youth music, group music, ensemble, learning through music, growth
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Music Education
Publisher: Australian Society for Music Education
ISSN: 0004-9484
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