Music as engaging, educational matrix: exploring the case of marginalised students attending an 'alternative' music industry school

Cleaver, David and Riddle, Stewart (2014) Music as engaging, educational matrix: exploring the case of marginalised students attending an 'alternative' music industry school. Research Studies in Music Education, 36 (2). pp. 245-256. ISSN 1321-103X

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Abstract

Harmony High is an alternative school where music functions as an educational magnet to attract marginalised students who have disengaged from the mainstream. Through an investigation of the student perspective, we discover that while acting as a magnet, music also becomes the educational matrix or 'heart and soul' that helps to create a school culture with a positive spirit of connectedness and community working to motivate and inspire active learning. Thus Harmony High demonstrates a model highlighting the need for alternative education contexts that adapt to the needs, voice, interests, and experiences of disaffected students. This becomes increasingly important in order to offer alternatives to current neoliberal agendas that focus on the standardisation of education in order to meet economic political and market ideals. These agendas provide little concern for the interests of students, leading to an avoidance of responsibility for alarming dropout rates.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2014. Published online 3 Nov 2014. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2014 11:29
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 03:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: alternative education; engagement; marginalised students; music education; senior schooling
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1321103X14556572
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26397

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