Tyler Johnson, Exploring extracurricular musical activity: experiences of participation in higher education (MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 2016)

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 Author:  Johnson, Tyler 
 Title:  Exploring extracurricular musical activity: experiences of participation in higher education 
 Degree, institution:  MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick 
 Status, year:  accepted, 2016 
 Volumes, pp.:  1 (109pp.) 
 Supervisor(s):  Gwen Moore 
 Repository:  Mary Immaculate College Library 
 General specialism:  Music Education 
 Content, key terms:  Concepts:
Extracurricular activity participation, student activities

Extracurricular musical activity represents an under-researched aspect of music education in Ireland. In particular, research has paid little attention to the perceived experiences of higher level students participating in extracurricular musical activity. This study addressed that gap by exploring the experiences of undergraduate and postgraduate students, particularly their motivations to participate and the perceived benefits of their activity.

Using observation, semi-structured interview and focus group interview, data collection methods within the qualitative paradigm, this study sought to gain experiential perspectives from undergraduate and postgraduate students at one Irish institution of higher education concerning the perceived impact and value of their ongoing participation in extracurricular musical activity.

Key findings were fourfold: (1) participation in extracurricular musical activity was found to be a social endeavor; peer and familial support motivated and rewarded participants throughout their musical life histories, (2) participants experienced musical activity as leisure, and indicated a future belonging in music; a desire to continue lifelong musical learning through their extracurricular activity, (3) participants described their experiences participating in extracurricular musical activity as a driving force in their personal, musical and professional development and (4) participants expressed discordant relationships between curricular and extracurricular musical activities, indicating a lack of partnership and synergy.

This study's implications are discussed, and suggestions are given to facilitate the advancement of music education through a greater understanding of the potential impact of extracurricular musical activity.