This article presents musical memoing as an arts-based reflective process and as a way to engage with and represent data in qualitative inquiry. Used in conjunction with more well-known approaches to data analysis (constant comparison and narrative analysis), musical memos serve to pull forth and highlight salient understandings emerging in the analyses. Moreover, musical memoing allows for the creation of concise yet holistic representations of the data, which can be performed in an embodied manner to enhance understanding of phenomena. The role of musical memoing is discussed within the context of a research study carried out at McGill University entitled, “Exploring a University Teacher’s Approach to Incorporating Music in a Cognition Psychology Course.” A brief overview of the research findings is presented, as well as the methodological implications musical memoing has for future research.
Musical Memos, Arts-Based Research, Qualitative Inquiry
We would like to acknowledge the participants for contributing their time and insights that informed the study, "Exploring a University Teacher's Approach to Incorporating Music in a Cognition Psychology Course."
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Boyle, D., & Butler-Kisber, L. (2019). Musical Memos in Qualitative Inquiry: Creating Artful, Embodied and Salient Reflections. The Qualitative Report, 24(2), 395-404. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol24/iss2/15