UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Title of Proceedings: 
international conference on Redesigning Pedagogy: Culture, Knowledge and Understanding, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Month of Conference: 
May 2007
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
RAMALINGAM Lalitha, TAN Sock Li Sally, &NEO Siew Bee
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
Over the last 25 years, many researches and studies have been done to find out how music influences our brain and how we can use music to help our pupils learn faster and more effectively. However, it is disappointing to find, in the course of our research, that little studies have been done to measure the relationship between motivation and participation in a school's music programme. This paper aims to find out if learning to play a special musical instrument will accentuate the level of motivation, self-discipline and self-esteem. 80 pupils from the experimental group were put through a 32-hour My Musical Journey with the Ukulele programme in 2005 and 2006. Another 80 pupils formed the control group and as per normal, were involved in the school cum MOE prescribed music programme. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods were carried out in this paper. The comparative study highlighted a strong relationship of the impact of the Ukulele Programme in the pupils' motivational level. Statistical data confirmed our hypothesis and showed that there is a positive relationship between the effect of the Ukulele programme and the level of motivation amongst the pupils. These pupils appeared more confident and a subsequent qualitative analysis substantiated our findings.
Country of Research: 
Singapore
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