Aoife Greene, Exploring pupils' motivation and creativity to engage with the composing strand through the implementation of a compositional programme using Irish traditional music (MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 2017)

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 Author:  Greene, Aoife 
 Title:  Exploring pupils' motivation and creativity to engage with the composing strand through the implementation of a compositional programme using Irish traditional music 
 Degree, institution:  MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick 
 Status, year:  accepted, 2017 
 Volumes, pp.:  1 (180pp.) 
 Supervisor(s):  Geraldine Cotter 
 Repository:  Mary Immaculate College Libary 
 General specialism:  Music Education 
 Content, key terms:  Concepts:
pedagogy
 Abstract: 

The purpose of this study was to explore motivation and creativity in children to compose, through the implementation of an action research compositional programme using Irish traditional music at primary school level. International studies abound regarding motivation and creativity. Similarly, a recent study by Vaughan (2012) highlights Irish traditional music performance in the primary school setting. However, the use of Irish traditional music as a pedagogical tool into the exploration of composition in music education at primary school elvel has not been previously researched. Therefore, this study explores both elements of motivation and creativity to engage with the compositional strand of the state curriculum through a compositional programme using Irish traditional music.

Employing a qualitative method approach towards exploring the research topic, data collected from focus group discussions, observations, research diaries and interviews were inductively coded for in-depth analysis. A six-week composition programme using Irish traditional msuic was developed. Weekly music classes were planned by both researcher and twenty-five fifth class primary school pupils (aged 11-12).

Results indicate firstly, that creativity and motivation is influenced by parents, peers and teachers. Secondly, the influences of parents, peers and teachers aid in self-development of the student's self-esteem, self-belief and employs life skills. Thirdly, the results express that technical ability on their instrument and educational ability can affect a student's motivation and creativity. Finally, the results suggest that the processes involved and acknowledgement of motivation and creativity has an impact on achievement.

In conclusion, the findings of this study indicate that a compositional programme using Irish traditional music provides an extensive educational opportunity to enable the development of children's motivation and creativity to engage with a state curriculum.