The effects of computerised music instruction on student motivation to learn music

Wai Yee CHEUNG-YUNG

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Abstract

This paper examines the effects of computerised music instruction on student motivation to learn music through a case study of five secondary schools in Hong Kong. Two main types of music software were used: the sequencing Technology-based Music Learning (TBML) type for composing, arranging and creating sound projects and the closed-package Computer-assisted Music Instruction (CAMI) type for enhancing musical knowledge such as the introduction of the musical instruments, Chinese operas and music theory. The researcher observed 16 lessons and 2sessions of extra-curricular activities in all and interviewed 5 teachers and 44 students. Analysis showed that use of the divergent sequencing software generated more student interest. It also showed that peer and independent learning took place more readily and that students demonstrated musical understanding more vividly through their creative work. When using the closed-package CAMI software, most teachers and students enjoyed the attractive visual effects, the organised sequential instruction and efficient feedback. The results may help music educators to review several pressing issues in the 21st century, including music curriculum design catering for teenagers with different learning styles when using music technology. The results may also have implications for teaching styles, changes in the teacher’s role with increased student autonomy, and the need for hardware and software support for classroom music lessons. Copyright © 2002 The Hong Kong Institute of Education. Copyright © 2002 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-83
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002

Citation

Cheung, J. W. Y. (2002). The effects of computerised music instruction on student motivation to learn music. Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, 1(1), 71-83.

Keywords

  • Development of Disciplinary Knowledge (e.g. Sociology, Psychology)

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