A Qualitative Study on Involving Youth and Extra-Curricular Music Activities

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This paper describes a longitudinal study investigating the reasons, benefits, and impact on why twelve urban public school students volunteered in extra-curricular music activities.

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Nam-Hai Leong, Tony July 2009.

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This paper describes a longitudinal study investigating the reasons, benefits, and impact on why twelve urban public school students volunteered in extra-curricular music activities.

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Abstract: This longitudinal study spans six years, investigating the reasons, benefits, and impact on why
twelve urban public school students decided to give up their free time to participate and
volunteer in extra-curricular music activities. Literature and research inform us that the arts
can be an important part of the curriculum, and has helped reveal several topics in this study
including: the connection of the music curriculum to real life; the place of music education in
the curriculum; music education in our society; music and the brain; volunteerism in our
society; after-school programs; and arts education. I have selected case study as the
qualitative methodology for the base of this research with the use of ethnographic tools of
recorded and transcribed interviews, field notes, and questionnaires to help answer some of
the aforementioned queries. Twelve youth participants ranging in gender, ethnicity, and
socio-economic backgrounds were queried on their lived experiences and involvement with
music, and on the way these experiences have affected them as students and as productive
members of society. The data analyzed showed connections between my own arts experiences
in the public school system, to those of the twelve students interviewed. Community;
belonging; identity; friendship; emotional intelligence; vehicles to express feelings; selfesteem;
creativity; and skill development were themes that emerged from this research.
Implications such as the teacher-student relationship; equity; family influence; and technology
need further exploration in strengthening programs for youth that involve volunteerism and
music education. Lastly, inquiry into why some teachers and students choose not to volunteer
or participate in extra-curricular activities and how this impacts educational communities, the
future direction of music education, and the teaching/learning experience, warrant further
research.

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  • International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, July 5-9, 2009. Limerick, Ireland.

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  • Publication Title: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education

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  • Nov. 28, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

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Nam-Hai Leong, Tony. A Qualitative Study on Involving Youth and Extra-Curricular Music Activities, paper, July 2009; Dublin, Ireland. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1390620/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Music.