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Youth orchestra participation and perceived benefit: A pilot study of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra


Baker, WJ and Forbes, A-M and Earle, J, Youth orchestra participation and perceived benefit: A pilot study of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, Australian Journal of Music Education, 53, (1) pp. 3-16. ISSN 0004-9484 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Formed in 1965, and now including around 150 players and seven ensembles, the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra (TYO) is the oldest state-based youth orchestra in Australia. This paper presents the findings from a 2018 survey of TYO participants, as one part of a broader qualitative pilot project into the perceived benefits of participation in TYO. Using inductive thematic analysis techniques researchers identified the following four themes from these data, which, in order of significance, are that participation in their TYO group: 1) was strongly identified as an embodied and emotional experience; 2) enables the development of specific, identified musical skills; 3) contributes to the making of, and maintenance of, important friendships; and 4) results in the development of non-musical skills such as personal organisation and learned social skills. The research team also found that many respondents demonstrated "growth mindset" thinking (Dweck, 2006) and resilient behaviours, perhaps indicating that there may be something in their experience that enables them to employ these characteristics in their learning in TYO groups. Funding has been provided to extend this research beyond the pilot stage to develop research informed resources to support learning and teaching for resilience in youth Arts organisations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:youth music, group music, ensemble, learning through music, growth
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Baker, WJ (Dr Bill Baker)
UTAS Author:Forbes, A-M (Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes)
UTAS Author:Earle, J (Mrs Jennifer Earle)
ID Code:140822
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-09-09
Last Modified:2021-08-25

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