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Thesis Title: An assessment of the role of technology in Irish post-primary music education
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Music Technology
Supervisor(s): Pail McGettrick
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: December 2000
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Dublin Institute of Technology
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1(97pp.)
Thesis Location / Link: DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama Library
Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to access the use of music technology in Irish post-primary music education at Leaving Certificate level. To achieve this, the initiatives of the Department of Education and Science and their plans to integrate technology into the Irish education system are assessed. The progress of music teachers in the integration of technology into their teaching is examined from surveys distributed to selected post-primary schools. The use of technology in Irish music education is in its infancy and there is a lack of concrete facts on its development. Music technology as a subject first appeared in an Irish state exam in 1998 as an elective part of the Leaving Certificate music exam. This thesis explores how music education can benefit from the use of technology and assesses the progress of Irish music teachers and students in this regard and the extent to which they are using technology in their classrooms. The research enables an examination of the issues facing music teachers and students who have or are in the process of integrating technology into their teaching and learning. The methods of research employed included surveys that were dispatched to music teachers around the country and interviews with individuals who are involved in the area of technology and music in relation to education. Finally, recommendations and possible directions for the sue of technology in post-primary education are presented.

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