Jean O'Reilly, An exploration of the benefits that group playing and performance provide for adult learners of musical instruments: a case study of the Gateway Orchestra in Wexford, Ireland (MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 2017)

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 Author:  O'Reilly, Jean 
 Title:  An exploration of the benefits that group playing and performance provide for adult learners of musical instruments: a case study of the Gateway Orchestra in Wexford, Ireland 
 Degree, institution:  MA, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick 
 Status, year:  accepted, 2017 
 Volumes, pp.:  1 (137pp.) 
 Supervisor(s):  Gareth Cox 
 Repository:  Mary Immaculate College Library 
 General specialism:  Music Education 
 Content, key terms:  Concepts:
Places:
adult education
Wexford
 Abstract: 

Adult music education in relation to group playing and performance is an area that needs to be explored in more depth within the Irish context. Opportunities to engage actively with music ensembles are perhaps lacking for adults who wish to learn musical instruments. This study examined an existing orchestra, the Gateway Orchestra, in Co. Wexford, which provides an outlet for adult learners to play and perform in a group setting.

The aims of this case study were to highlight the potential benefits that group playing and performance has on adult learners of musical instruments whilst also presenting the need for similar organisations throughout Ireland. Previous literature in this area directed the research towards educational, emotional and social benefits. Therefore, these aspects were examined in detail throughout the data collection.

Qualitative research was utilised through participant questionnaires, semi-structured interviews with five of the participants and a semi-structured interview with the current conductor. This information was then triangulated in order to present the findings.

It emerged from the data that those members who participated in the study benefited in several ways from playing with the orchestra, whether educationally, emotionally or socially. Many of the participants clearly appreciate and value the opportunity to play with the orchestra. The research also suggests that similar programmes could prove to be equally successful in other geographical areas, should music educators be encouraged to implement them.