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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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Gary E. McPherson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.001.0001

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(p.325) Chapter 17 Motivation
The Child as Musician

Paul Evans

Oxford University Press

Motivation is of major interest for researchers and practitioners involved in children’s music education. Learning music requires immense motivational resources—to engage in learning that may take a long time to come to fruition, to maintain the frequent and extensive practice required to improve one’s abilities, and to persist in the face of difficulty. This chapter presents a select review of research in music education which represents some of the major facets of contemporary research on motivation. In particular, these facets include the beliefs children hold in relation to their music learning, the values they develop for music learning, the development of a musical identity, the ways in which music can fulfill basic psychological needs and facilitate self-determined motivation, and the alignment of children’s music-learning experiences with their sense of self.

Keywords:   motivation, beliefs, identity, values, psychological needs, self-determination

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