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Title: The development of musical preferences in Greek Cypriot students
Author: Rousha, Yianna
ISNI:       0000 0004 6346 4136
Awarding Body: University of Roehampton
Current Institution: University of Roehampton
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis investigated some of the main factors influencing the musical preferences of students in primary and secondary education in Cyprus. Three studies were carried out which addressed different research questions: Study A was a questionnaire survey exploring students’ preferences for different musical styles, with special reference to Greek Cypriot folk music. Study B used semi-structured interviews to examine the development of students’ preferences for Greek Cypriot folk music from the perspectives of students, of music teachers, and of music inspectors: this served to validate the findings of the previous study as well as adding qualitative data to the investigation. Study C was a listening experiment carried out with students and was designed to compare listeners’ musical preferences inside and outside school. The findings suggested that Greek Cypriot folk music holds a powerful and significant position in Cypriot music education relative to other musical styles. There was also support for the prediction that students’ age and gender, as well as their locality and their familiarity with different styles, were all factors that influenced their musical preferences. Combined data from all three studies suggested that students’ musical preferences were different inside and outside school. Finally, a number of implications for music teaching, the music curriculum, and music education research are presented, including the implementation of various teaching methods for new musical styles to be taught inside school. This thesis aims to bridge the gap between policy, practice and pedagogy, and to represent students’ wider musical interests within the music curriculum of Cyprus.
Supervisor: Hargreaves, David ; Marshall, Nigel Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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