Case studies of factors affecting the motivation of musical high achievers to learn music in Hong Kong

Bo Wah LEUNG, Gary Edward MCPHERSON

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Abstract

This article reports on the personal beliefs and attitudes of highly motivated Hong Kong school-age subjects who studied music. A total of 24 participants who demonstrated high achievement and interest in learning music were interviewed. Content analysis of the interview data was performed to elucidate four topics: background information about the music learning of participants, their feelings about learning music, their perceptions of parental expectations of the learning of different subjects, and music learning in schools. A detailed analysis was conducted to understand the views of participants on attainment value, task value, task difficulty and intrinsic motivation. Based on the results, a theoretical framework was derived that includes three developmental stages: (1) initial motivation, (2) short-term involvement and the learning process and (3) long-term involvement and ongoing commitment. The study contributes to the understanding of the developmental trajectory of these Asian participants by detailing intrinsic and extrinsic factors that impacted on their musical development. Copyright © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-91
JournalMusic Education Research
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Citation

Leung, B. W., & McPherson, G. E. (2011). Case studies of factors affecting the motivation of musical high achievers to learn music in Hong Kong. Music Education Research, 13(1), 69-91.

Keywords

  • Motivation
  • Expectancy-value motivation theory
  • Music learning
  • High music achievers

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