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Pupil voice and attitudes to music during the transition to secondary school.

Kokotsaki, D. (2017) 'Pupil voice and attitudes to music during the transition to secondary school.', British journal of music education., 34 (1). pp. 5-39.


Pupil voice research has been recognised in the last 15 years for its potential to re-shape the conditions of learning and help raise child engagement and standards of achievement. In music education, however, there still seems to exist a misalignment between the content of the curriculum and pupils’ learning expectations and interests. The aim of this study was to explore pupils’ views about school music during the transition to secondary school and identify which components of their music lessons contribute to them feeling happier about music at school. The analysis of interview and questionnaire data revealed some pupils’ disillusionment about music at the beginning of secondary school when their initial high expectations about opportunities for practical musical involvement were not met.

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Publisher statement:This article has been published in a revised form in British Journal of Music Education This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press 2016
Date accepted:05 May 2016
Date deposited:10 May 2016
Date of first online publication:24 October 2016
Date first made open access:10 May 2016

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