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Enjoyment of music and GCSE uptake: Survey findings from three North East schools in England

Whitford, Helen; Kokotsaki, Dimitra

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Helen Whitford



Abstract

In recent years, music education has seen a decline in the number of students choosing to continue their studies at Key Stage 4 (14-16 year old students) and choose music as a GCSE option in England. Whilst the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), a school performance measure which excludes the arts, has come under much scrutiny as to its impact on school music, enjoyment and the perceived importance of music lessons could also be contributing factors to low uptake. This paper presents student survey findings from the first part of a two-phase project that was based on a qualitatively driven mixed method research design. Findings demonstrated that a decline in enjoyment and in the importance attributed to school music occurred in the first three years of lower secondary school (Key Stage 3). The enjoyment of school music was linked with the students’ engagement with practical components of music making and its importance was mostly equated with future employment opportunities. The findings are discussed in terms of their practical implications in the teaching of music in secondary schools.

Citation

Whitford, H., & Kokotsaki, D. (2024). Enjoyment of music and GCSE uptake: Survey findings from three North East schools in England. British Journal of Music Education, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0265051723000438

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 17, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 4, 2024
Publication Date Jan 4, 2024
Deposit Date Sep 20, 2023
Publicly Available Date Sep 20, 2023
Journal British Journal of Music Education
Print ISSN 0265-0517
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0265051723000438
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1741720

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