Educational Partnerships towards Long-Term Music Education Projects in Thailand

  • Nicha Chansitthichok College of Music, Mahidol University, Phutthamonthon Nakhonpathom, 73170 Thailand
  • Anak Charanyananda College of Music, Mahidol University, Phutthamonthon Nakhonpathom, 73170 Thailand
  • Narongchai Pidokrajt College of Music, Mahidol University, Phutthamonthon Nakhonpathom, 73170 Thailand
Keywords: long-term music education project, music educational partnership, Thailand music education

Abstract

There are many challenges in developing long-term music education projects in Thailand such as human resource development, educational policies and financial problems. This study examined the various educational partnerships and workflow plan used to sustain long-term music education projects in Thailand. Findings were based upon the roles and responsibilities of members and the understanding of the workflow plan of music educational partnerships towards the sustainability of music projects. This qualitative research consists of in-depth interviews with 20 informants which comprised music educators, school principals, and community leaders. Two long-term music education projects were discussed and compared in this article.  An expert focus discussion group was used to evaluate the validity and reliability of this research. Results showed that strong bond relationships developed in the respective state of educational partnerships to create long-term music education projects. The educational partnership comprised proactive music educators, music teachers, music supervisors, supportive parents and community leaders who worked together to provide the best practices for the students. This partnership can be sustained through various partnership programmes, and the well-being of working together. This study benefits the development of long-term music education in future partnership projects.

Author Biographies

Nicha Chansitthichok, College of Music, Mahidol University, Phutthamonthon Nakhonpathom, 73170 Thailand

Nicha Chansitthichok is a Ph.D. candidate in music education from the College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand. She has received a Master of Arts (Music) in Music Education from the College of Music, Mahidol University, and Bachelor of Economics from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She is currently a private studio teacher at Sounds Good Piano Studio, Bangkok, Thailand. She has been teaching music for early childhood and private piano class since 2006. Her areas of interests include topics in music education, music for leisure, music in higher education, and music in lifelong learning.

Anak Charanyananda, College of Music, Mahidol University, Phutthamonthon Nakhonpathom, 73170 Thailand

Anak Charanyananda, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of Music at Mahidol University College of Music. He teaches and researches in music education and musicology at the College of Music, Mahidol University, where he has worked since 1994.  He regularly gives lectures on western music history, studies of world music, music teacher education and musicological fieldwork, as well as seminar in music research, form an analysis, and counterpoint. Charanyananda received his Ph.D. in Music from the College of Music, Mahidol University.  He holds a Master Degree in Musicology from the University of the Philippines College of Music and a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Bansomdej Chaophrya Teachers’college, Department of Teacher training, Ministry of Education, Thailand.

Narongchai Pidokrajt, College of Music, Mahidol University, Phutthamonthon Nakhonpathom, 73170 Thailand

Narongchai Pidokrajt, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Music at Mahidol University College of Music. He teaches and researches in music education and musicology at the College of Music, Mahidol University, where he has worked since 1996. He regularly gives lectures on Thai music theory and history, and musicological fieldwork, as well as seminar in music research. Pidokrajt received his Ph.D. in Music from the College of Music, Mahidol University. He holds a Master Degree in education (Higher Ed.) from Srinakharinwirot University (Southern campus) and Master of Arts (Music) from Mahidol University, Thailand.

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Published
2019-12-15
How to Cite
Chansitthichok, N., Charanyananda, A., & Pidokrajt, N. (2019). Educational Partnerships towards Long-Term Music Education Projects in Thailand. Malaysian Journal of Music, 8, 96-107. https://doi.org/10.37134/mjm.vol8.6.2019