The purpose of the study was to investigate intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors that influence middle school students’ enrollment decisions in either alternative (Modern Band) or traditional (Advanced Choir) music ensembles, as well as to explore external influences (peers, parents/family members, and the music teacher) on students’ performance and learning skills. The data revealed that common intrinsic motivators described by students from both ensembles included interest in music, developing playing/singing skills and improving performance skills, emotions toward performing, desire of career and personal enjoyment, and self-encouragement.
The participants included two eighth-grade students enrolled in Modern Band and two eighth-grade students from Advanced Choir, and both ensembles were taught by the same teacher in the same school in an urban area on the West Coast. The results indicate whether the motivations were internal or external, different levels of impact were seen on each student regarding decision-making, learning process, and performance skills.
|Commitee:||Palkki, Joshua, Thies, Tamara|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle School education, Music education|
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Advanced choir, Extrinsic motivation, Intrinsic motivation, Modern band, Music education|
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