ERIC Number: EJ1022384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Adult Learner Perceptions: Perspectives from Beginning Musicians (Ages 60-86 Years)
Bugos, Jennifer A.
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, v32 n2 p26-34 May 2014
The purpose of this project was to examine adult learning perceptions of a model music program with group piano instruction and group percussion ensemble for beginning-level musicians (ages 60-86 years). Participants were matched by age and education to two 16-week music programs. Forty participants completed a post-training questionnaire related to learning experiences and preferences. Results indicate that program strengths include course offerings containing musical performance and music theory, emphasis on developing social networks, and expertise of the instructor. Older adults prefer group music instruction compared with individual music instruction. These results have implications for developing model music programs that meet the needs of all learners and for music educators developing community music programs to address the preferences and needs of a growing aging population.
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Older Adults, Musical Instruments, Instruction, Questionnaires, Music Theory, Music Activities, Social Networks, Expertise, Music Teachers, Student Attitudes, Aging (Individuals), Andragogy, Goal Orientation, Learning Processes, Depression (Psychology), Demography, Teaching Methods, Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
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