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ERIC Number: EJ1069338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Adult Perspectives of Learning Musical Instruments
Roulston, Kathryn; Jutras, Peter; Kim, Seon Joo
International Journal of Music Education, v33 n3 p325-335 Aug 2015
This article reports findings from a qualitative study of adults' perceptions and experiences of learning musical instruments. Conducted in the south-east United States, 15 adults who were learning instruments were recruited via community music groups and private instrumental teachers. Analysis of transcripts of semi-structured interviews identified adults' prior experiences in music, their motivations to learn instruments and learning goals, learning strategies they employ, the benefits that they attribute to their engagement in musical activities, and challenges faced. Findings inform instructors of instrumental music about why adults choose to learn instruments, their perspectives of learning and teaching, as well as the strategies that they use to engage in learning. Findings demonstrate the ways in which principles from the field of adult education might inform the continuing education of adult music learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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