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Children's perspectives of participation in music youth arts settings: meaning, value and participation


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Barrett, MS and Smigiel, HM 2007 , 'Children's perspectives of participation in music youth arts settings: meaning, value and participation' , Research Studies in Music Education, vol. 28, no. 1 , pp. 39-50 , doi: 10.1177/1321103X070280010204.

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This paper presents an analysis of music specific data generated in a national
collective case study of Australian children’s perceptions of the meaning and value
of the arts in their lives and their descriptions of the nature and extent of their
participation. Specifically, the paper reports on children’s (aged 6-17 years)
perceptions of this phenomenon in relation to their participation in four music
youth arts sites.i Data were generated through individual artefact-elicited
interviews with 25 participants across these sites. A thematic analysis of these data
was undertaken and five key factors emerged concerning children’s perceptions of
participation in music youth arts settings. Children attribute participation in these
settings to: a love of performance; a shared unity of purpose; a desire for challenge
and ‘professionalism’; the quality of relationships developed and sustained in these
settings; and, the opportunities for individual growth and well-being that arise in
these settings. Consideration is given to the implications that these five factors hold
for music education in school settings.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Barrett, MS and Smigiel, HM
Journal or Publication Title: Research Studies in Music Education
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1321-103X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1321103X070280010204
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