Saoirse Kennedy, A mixed methods approach to developing harmonic awareness: the pedagogy of learning and performing chord progressions in post primary education (MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 2015)

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 Author:  Kennedy, Saoirse 
 Title:  A mixed methods approach to developing harmonic awareness: the pedagogy of learning and performing chord progressions in post primary education 
 Degree, institution:  MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick 
 Status, year:  accepted, 2015 
 Volumes, pp.:  1 (108pp.) 
 Supervisor(s):  Michael Murphy 
 Repository:  Mary Immaculate College Library 
 General specialism:  Music Education 
 Content, key terms:  Concepts:
piano playing teaching methods, popular music, pedagogy
 Abstract: 

This thesis explores alternative methods of teaching popular piano music to a range of mixed ability participants without the use of notation. The main objective of this study is to illustrate the benefits of learning chord progressions and the quantity of material that can be acquired over a six week period. The role of the educator and implications for further development of this pedagogy will also be examined throughout.

Participants were chosen from a secondary school setting and taught how to read and understand chords in groups of three. Popular repertoire was selected throughout the research and students were given a range of songs to choose from each lesson. The most commonly used chords were taught through demonstration, active listening, modelling and informal practice with other participants.

Relevant music knowledge and ability was assessed before and after the lessons had taken place in order to display the findings. This research aims to illustrate that the combination of popular music and the chord approach in an informal learning environment can allow students to flourish musically, with particular attention to performance and harmonic awareness.