Motivation to pursue a career in music: The role of social constraints in university music programs
AuthorMiksza, P; Evans, P; McPherson, GE
Source TitlePsychology of Music
University of Melbourne Author/sMcPherson, Gary
AffiliationMelbourne Conservatorium of Music
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMiksza, P., Evans, P. & McPherson, G. E. (2021). Motivation to pursue a career in music: The role of social constraints in university music programs. Psychology of Music, 49 (1), pp.50-68. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735619836269.
Access StatusOpen Access
ARC Grant codeARC/DP150103330
The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to describe university music students’ perceptions of competitiveness, perfectionism, and teacher control in conservatory-style learning environments, and (2) to test a theoretical model of a network of relationships among perceptions of competitiveness, perfectionism, teacher control, quality of motivation, and intentions to pursue a career in music. Participants were undergraduate and graduate music majors from schools of music in the Midwestern United States and Australia. Results revealed that commitment to a career in music was strong, autonomous motivation orientations were more strongly endorsed than controlled motivation orientations, reports of teacher control and socially prescribed perfectionism were weak, whereas reports of competitiveness were strong. Path analyses indicated that those with stronger career intentions also have stronger autonomous motivation orientations and perceive their teachers as more controlling.
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