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Thesis Title: Assessing the Value of Music Technology in the Irish Primary School: A Case Study Approach in a Disadvantaged Context
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Music Education
Supervisor(s): Michael Murphy
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: 2005
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Mary Immaculate College, UL
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1 (143pp.)
Abstract: This dissertation explores the value of technology for music education in relation to Irish primary schools. A theoretical scaffold for the research area is developed through a review of the role technology plays in education. This study also identifies the perceptions of both students and teachers regarding music technology. Empirical data is collected through implementation of a project incorporating music technology
and teacher-directed lessons, carried out in the context of the researcher's own role as a practicing primary school teacher. The research is qualitative in nature and employs triangulation to ensure valid findings. The study establishes the vital role music technology can play in music education. It discusses the relevance music technology holds for inclusion of all children and development of children's abilities. This study identifies music technology as a bridge for the gaps between curriculum and pupils' needs. The findings from the project confirm that music technology is a valuable tool for pupils and teachers. Children's skills, attitudes and knowledge were developed through their participation in the project.

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