Journal article

Motivation to study music in Australian schools: the impact of music learning, gender, and socio-economic status

Gary E McPherson, Margaret S Osborne, Margaret S Barrett, Jane W Davidson, Robert Faulkner

Research Studies in Music Education | SAGE Publications | Published : 2015


This study extends an eight-country mapping exercise undertaken (McPherson & O’Neill, 2010; see RSME issues 2010-2011) to now include students’ motivation to study music within the Australian context. It sought to determine whether music learners (students learning an instrument or voice), might be more motivated to study academic subjects at school, and whether gender and socio-economic status (SES) affected student motivation to learn music at school. A total of 2,742 students from grades 5 to 12 completed a questionnaire based on Eccles’ and Wigfield’s expectancy-value framework. Data collected included ratings of competence beliefs, interest, importance, usefulness and difficulty for fou..

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