Influences of parental attitudes on instrumental learning motivation of tertiary music students in Hong Kong

Oi Ling LAM

Research output: Other contributionHonours Projects

Abstract

Hong Kong has a competitive learning environment. Many parents encourage children to learn a musical instrument out of school, but few students would choose to study Music in tertiary education. This study investigated instrumental learning motivation of Hong Kong tertiary Music students and their parents’ attitudes, thus to find out the influence of parental attitudes on instrumental learning motivation of tertiary Music students. Seventy-four Music tertiary students completed the questionnaire investigating their instrumental learning motivation based on Expectancy-Value Theory and parental attitudes towards their learning based on parenting style. Findings show that most of them are motivated regarding the aspects of competence belief, choice persistence, importance, utility value, interest and cost. Moreover their parents either are supportive or get less involved when they grow up. The result shows parental attitudes influence students’ instrumental learning motivation in a certain extent. Therefore to make children be interested in Music learning, parents should have appropriate balance between regulation and freedom. On the other hand, Music helps students to develop, but Music education is not considered as important in Hong Kong. Some parents just treat it as a tool to boost their children’s competitiveness. The government should promote and pay more attention on the benefits of Music education under the educational system.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Parental attitudes
  • Instrumental learning
  • Learning motivation
  • Tertiary music students
  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Music) (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B064
  • Course code: MUS4902

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