ERIC Number: ED476349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Music Online: An Accessible Learning Program for Isolated Students.
A project explored the Internet's potential to teach instrumental music online to students in regional or remote regions of Western Australia. The project was established on the expectation that, at some time in the not-too-distant future, instrumental music tutors located in metropolitan regions may have, in their normal studio practice, a complement of local, face-to-face students alongside a number of regional students learning their instruments online. For this to occur, tutor and student must be able to access a learning framework which is effective, simple to use, and accessible. Through an action learning program which involved a series of online delivery trials to a small group of students located in various parts of Western Australia, the project attempted to achieve a better understanding of how the learning environment for skills normally physically mediated can be deconstructed into constituent parts and adapted for Internet delivery. A Web site was established which provided students with a series of 14 graded lessons in instrumental performance supported by lesson notes in technique and music theory and a body of associated learning resources. Each musical exercise was accompanied by video and audio demonstrations. Hyperlinks to various related resource materials were provided to encourage non-linear access to knowledge, to enhance repetition, and to encourage re-learning to occur. While the study was successful in building an adequate learning environment using skills and technology within reach of the average music tutor, overall the study was not able to conclude, using the selected learning model, that the Internet is an effective medium for delivering musical instruction to students isolated by distance. Additional information is appended. (Contains 2 tables, 3 figures, and 21 references.) (BT)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Distance Education, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Independent Study, Internet, Music, Music Education, Music Techniques, Music Theory, Musical Instruments
For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr1013.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia