Interpreting the musical cultures of children in Ireland: an ethnography exploring children’s perspectives and voices in middle childhood experiences of music in Cork

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dc.contributor.advisor Mercier, Mel en
dc.contributor.advisor O'Flynn, John en
dc.contributor.author Finnerty, Michelle
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-27T10:25:56Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.date.submitted 2016
dc.identifier.citation Finnerty, M. 2016. Interpreting the musical cultures of children in Ireland: an ethnography exploring children’s perspectives and voices in middle childhood experiences of music in Cork. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3530
dc.description.abstract This study focuses on musical cultures that are experienced and constructed by children in various in-school and out-of-school contexts in Ireland. Situated in the wider context of children’s rights in Ireland, its rationale is directly informed by the The National Research Strategy, Our Children –Their Lives 2000-2010 (2000) ten-year plan of action which was established in Ireland as a direct result of the UNESCO Convention of the Rights of the Child (1989). Through an examination of children’s views and perspectives on their ‘musical worlds’ (Mans, 2009) the many ways in which music plays a role in their everyday lives is documented and interpreted. The study is informed by research that considers children as active research participants and employs ethnographic fieldwork methods and a multi-method approach to carrying out research with children (Kellett et al 2004; Kellett, 2005; Moss & Clark, 2001). Drawing on cross-cultural perspectives on the musical cultures of children (Marsh, 1997, 2008; Campbell, 1998, 2010; Young, 1995, 2000; Lum, 2009; Gaunt, 2006; Emberly, 2003, 2009, 2011; Mans, 2009) an ethnography comprising a combination of observations, interviews and audio-visual recordings is carried out at three schools and associated after-school activities in the urban district of Cork. Original findings from the research indicate that children in Ireland experience parallel musical worlds; the music they encounter and engage with in formal education and other formal contexts can often be quite distinct from the music that they engage with, listen to and create spontaneously in both informal and formal contexts. A synthesis of themes from the literature and research findings lead to recommendations for the development of pedagogical approaches that support the inclusion of children’s voices in music education programmes, and that facilitate the role of child-led, unstructured spontaneous improvisations within the provision of music education activities, both formal and informal. Research findings further endorse the view that music provision for children in Ireland must be embedded into all future policies relating to children’s lives. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, Michelle Finnerty. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Children's musical cultures en
dc.subject Music education en
dc.subject Ethnomusicology en
dc.title Interpreting the musical cultures of children in Ireland: an ethnography exploring children’s perspectives and voices in middle childhood experiences of music in Cork en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.check.date 2020-01-27T10:25:56Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Department of Children and Youth Affairs en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Music en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
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dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Spring 2017 en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress m.finnerty@ucc.ie en


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