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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
October 26, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Redefining Music Education



The primary objective of the research program is to understand the role and value key community contributors to music learning have in the lives of children, adolescents, and adults in selected communities throughout Canada and to learn from the perceptions of these leaders about their role and perceived potential in the musical enjoyment, learning, and development in these lives. Furthermore, this study seeks to discover the curricular implications for the education of future leaders of music in the community.
Research Questions: What roles do the community contributors to music learning play in the musical enjoyment, learning, and development of children, adolescents, and adults?
Subquestions:
1. What are the perceptions of children, adolescents, and adults in representative communities in Canada about what contributes to their musical enjoyment, learning, and development?
2. What are the perceptions of leaders of community contributors to music learning about their role in the musical enjoyment, learning, and development of children, adolescents, and adults?
3. What are the curricular implications for the education of future leaders of community contributors to music learning?

Principal Investigators, Dr. Lee Willingham, and Dr. Lee Bartel, University of Toronto

Phase I: 2006-2007 Data collection through surveys and focus interviews
Kara Buelow, research assistant

Phase II: 2007-2008 Data collection through three surveys. Marcie Charron and Kara Cicarelli, research assistants.

Phase III: 2008-2009 Key Contributors: Developing a profile