A Journey Towards a Community of Musical Practice Through Music Generation Louth's Introducing Strings Programme for Schools

Murray, Gemma (2022) A Journey Towards a Community of Musical Practice Through Music Generation Louth's Introducing Strings Programme for Schools. Masters thesis, Dundalk Institute of Technology.

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Introducing Strings is a large-scale performance music education programme established by Music Generation Louth in 2012 to widen access to musical participation and learning amongst children and young people in Louth. This study provides context for and presents a critical reflection of the development of the programme. It highlights key successes of the programme over its initial nine years and identifies a number of challenges that have emerged during that period. It determines the critical success factors that enable the programme to make a deeper impact beyond its function of being an economically effective model of performance music education. The research presented herein follows the model of a work-based project and, as a researcher, I provide both an emic perspective and an applied ethnomusicology approach. Throughout the project, this research informed and influenced the planning and programming choices for the MGL Introducing Strings programme, other whole class ensemble projects across Music Generation Louth. The learning has been disseminated across the Music Generation programme nationally and will continue to do so into the future. Themes that have emerged include musical enculturation and the development of communities of musical practice, partnership, performance, pathways for progression, pedagogy to include informal music teaching and learning, musical choices and continuing professional development for musician educators. This dissertation assesses the impact of one music performance education programme and its evolution towards achieving a community of musical practice in County Louth.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Music Education; Access to Music; Communities of Musical Practice; Community Music; Whole Class Instrumental Tuition
Subjects: Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities > Music
Research Centres: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: David Kearney
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2022 12:10
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 12:10
License: Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0

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