MERN Forum Presentation id=797
MERN Forum # 52
Session: 1C
Author: Jordan Laidlaw
Affiliation: University of Manitoba
Title : Creative music experiences with grades 4 and 5 students using the baritone ukulele
Description : This action research study investigated my practice in composing music with Grade 4 and 5 students (N = 43) in a school on the Canadian prairies. I aimed to answer two research questions: (a) what impact will the creative music experiences have on students’ essential learning in creative expression in music; and, (b) what are students’ perspectives on engaging in the creative music process. Data sources included: field notes, student assessments, video recordings, debriefing sessions, small group conversations, and surveys. Qualitative data was analyzed thematically while quantitative data was summarized using descriptive statistics. The large majority of students achieved the targeted creativity learning outcomes, as well other music learning not targeted. Students were highly capable of composing collaboratively with peers and generating musical ideas. They enjoyed creating music with classroom instruments in a social environment. Student disagreements and absences were found to hamper the composing experience for some groups. Keywords: creativity, music education, music composition, ukulele, action research
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