Evaluating the link between contemporary music curricula and employability

Green, Aynsley McKendrick (2017) Evaluating the link between contemporary music curricula and employability. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Evaluating the link between contemporary music curricula and employability

The goal of this research study was to ascertain which music skills are viewed as essential to professional musician’s careers, in order to evaluate the link between contemporary music curricula and musician employability. Mixed methods were used to collect quantitative and qualitative data. A quantitative questionnaire asked professional musicians to rate the importance of 30 different music skills, using a framework of three overarching skill sets: ’Formal Music Skills’, ‘Informal Music Skills’ and ‘Extramusical Skills’. This quantitative data was complemented by qualitative interviews, that allowed musicians to expound upon their views on music education. The results pointed to the importance of a diverse and well- rounded skill set, of which musical abilities only play a part. Participants gave insights into many other significant aspects of a musician’s employability – with ‘soft skills’ and ‘protean’ professionalism being rated as the most important, along with high musical standards and intrinsic factors such as self-motivation. These insights suggest that further steps can be taken to meet student’s extramusical needs in contemporary music curricula, in order to generate suitably trained and employable music graduates in the 21st century. Suggestions for further research into holistic music curricula and education cultures that instill intrinsic factors in students are discussed.

Subjects: Arts Pedagogy and Practice > Thesis -- MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Arts Pedagogy and Practice
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 01:17
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2021 05:02
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/750
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