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ERIC Number: EJ1051674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Learning through Teaching: Exploring What Conservatoire Students Learn from Teaching Beginner Older Adults
Perkins, Rosie; Aufegger, Lisa; Williamon, Aaron
International Journal of Music Education, v33 n1 p80-90 Feb 2015
Music is increasingly recognised as important in facilitating healthy ageing, yet little is known of what musicians themselves learn when they teach older adults. This article reports the practices of the "Rhythm for Life" project at the Royal College of Music in the UK, in which conservatoire students taught 10-week programmes of group instrumental music lessons to adult beginners aged between 46 and 90 years. In order to interrogate what four student-teachers learned from their engagement with the project, qualitative data were collected through open-ended questionnaires, diaries and video-stimulated recall interviews. Findings demonstrated that the student-teachers reformulated the ways in which they thought about and taught older adult learners, and developed skills and knowledge relevant to a wide range of educational contexts. The article concludes that models similar to "Rhythm for Life", where conservatoires facilitate opportunities for students to teach older adults, may be an effective means of establishing meaningful learning experiences for music students and older adults alike.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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