The link between cultural and musical backgrounds and ability: an investigation into music education students at a Malaysian university

Sharon Lierse

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Abstract

The paper presents the findings of the first part of a study which was to determine whether there was a link between musical and cultural backgrounds and musical ability. The students were enrolled in a Bachelor of Music at a predominantly Islamic Malaysian university and were studying to become secondary school music teachers. Religion played a major role in Malaysia as it influenced which educational institution the students could attend and musical preferences and style. The cultural backgrounds of students in this study included Malays who were Muslim, Chinese Malaysian who were Christian and international mainland Chinese students who were either Buddist, or did not identify themselves with any particular religion.

The study was in three sections, a survey, interviews and a musical aptitude test. This paper presents the findings of the survey using thematic analysis. The results of the study showed clear distinctions between musical and cultural backgrounds and attitudes towards music. This included; family structure and support, the choice of musical instrument studied, the age they commenced formal music tuition why they had decided to become secondary school music teachers. The musical and cultural background of the student did play a major role in the ability of the student as well as attitudes towards music and music education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th International Seminar of the ISME Commission on Research
EditorsOscar Odena, Sergio Figueiredo
Place of PublicationJoao Pessoa Brazil
PublisherInternational Society for Music Education
Pages161-176
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780994205520
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventISME World Conference on Music Education -
Duration: 14 Jul 201418 Jul 2014
Conference number: 25th

Conference

ConferenceISME World Conference on Music Education
Abbreviated titleISME
Period14/07/1418/07/14

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    Lierse, S. (2014). The link between cultural and musical backgrounds and ability: an investigation into music education students at a Malaysian university. In O. Odena, & S. Figueiredo (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th International Seminar of the ISME Commission on Research (pp. 161-176). International Society for Music Education.