Journal article

Malaysian children's attitudes towards learning music

Ghaziah Mohd Ghazali, Gary E McPherson

MUSIC EDUCATION RESEARCH | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

A sample of 1060 Malaysian children were surveyed in order to examine differences in their motivation to study music in school and to learn a musical instrument outside of school. Adopting the expectancy-value motivation theory, the children were asked questions concerning their perception of music as being important, useful, interesting, enjoyable and easy/difficult. Results show subtle differences according to the five ethnic groups (Malay Muslims, Chinese Buddhists, Chinese Christians, Indian Hindus and Indian Christians), the children's previous musical experiences and also gender. In general, Chinese Christian and Indian Christian children were more motivated to study music than the oth..

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