This article explores how my identities were transformed from a piano learner and player to a piano teacher and researcher by employing motivation. My musical background, piano learning experience, understanding and knowledge have formed me as a piano learner and player. My musical identities provide motivation which influences the establishment of my new identities. To investigate my background, an autoethnographical method was employed. Through this qualitative study, I found that my identity, interests and choices of research methodologies in music education are influenced by my understandings and beliefs gained from my own learning experience.
Autoethnography, Motivation, Identity, Piano Learning, Music Education
I would like to express many thanks to my doctoral supervisor A/Prof Jane Southcott and associate supervisor Dr. Hongzhi Zhang for their continued support, guidance, patience and advice in writing this paper.
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Cheng, Z. (2020). I am still on my way: The Influence of Motivation in Transforming Identities. The Qualitative Report, 25(2), 525-536. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss2/15