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The value of placements to undergraduate BSc (Hons) Music Technology students

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This article explores the potential of the placement year for students on the BSc (Hons) Music Technology at Birmingham City University. Focusing on the value of placements to students, the research also explores the approach to assessment. Although various reports have investigated the value of student placements, specific studies centred on the importance of placements for students studying Music Technology are not available. Following a mixed methods case study paradigm, statistical data along with material drawn from interviews and questionnaires was analysed. The key findings were as follows: Students and employers are very positive about the benefits of placements, in particular in terms of employability and networking. Although widely seen as beneficial to academic performance, statistical analysis comparing the marks of non-placement students with ex-placement students is inconclusive. Approaches to assessment are considered and the importance of developing reflective practice is highlighted.

Keywords: assessment; employability; experiential learning; music technology; reflective practice; student placements

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Birmingham City University.

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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  • The Journal of Music, Technology and Education (JMTE) explores the issues concerning the use of technology in music education. It examines pedagogy at all levels and across genres such as composition, musicology, performance and music production. It is the only journal specifically dedicated to the educational aspects of music technology and the technological aspects of music. Peer-reviewed, with an international editorial board, JMTE aims to draw its contributions from a broad community of educators, researchers and practitioners who are working closely with new technologies in the fields of music education and music technology education.
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