Key Stage 3 pupils' opinions of music education: a case study.
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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This study attempts to evaluate the impact of the new curriculum on the musical experiences of pupils in Key Stage 3, and to establish how popular the subject is within the school. It is the intention to use the results of this case study to further improve curriculum content and delivery. A new scheme of work has been in existence for two academic years. Since the introduction of this scheme of work, other changes have taken place within the music department. By surveying all pupils at Key Stage 3, an attempt was made to establish music's popularity as a subject in the school. To collect more subject-specific data a random sample of pupils was asked to complete a questionnaire relating to their music lessons. A further random sample of pupils was interviewed as a means of supporting or contradicting the evidence obtained in the questionnaire. The report concludes that pupils consider music to be a popular subject within the school, and that this popularity is mainly due to the high level of practical work within the lessons. There is scope for consideration of more varied instrumental work, and the development of singing within the music lessons needs to be a matter for urgent review in preparation for the next academic year. Overall, the report has shown that music is enjoyable for the majority of pupils, and that the pupils are very positive about the work that they are asked to undertake. The pupils feel that they are learning in an interesting way, and that they are gaining confidence from their involvement in the subject.
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