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ERIC Number: EJ1073631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-0517
Adult Learning in Traditional Music
Cope, Peter
British Journal of Music Education, v22 n2 p125-140 Jul 2005
This study is based on interviews carried out with 13 adult learners of traditional fiddle playing. The average age of the learners was 56 and they had been learning to play for between 2 and 20 years. All of the interviewees had taken music at school but none of them had been stimulated to participate further in any significant sense. The aspiration to learn to play the fiddle had various sources. Learning usually took place through traditional workshops and through the medium of the tune rather than through scales and exercises. Only one of the participants took regular conventional individualised lessons. They tended to take a pragmatic stance with regard to technique, looking for technical advice when they came up against barriers to progress. The music they played was within an aural culture and most of them learned by ear although they tended to regard notation as a useful supplement. All of them played in some sort of social context and all of them described an immense sense of pleasure and achievement from their playing. It is suggested that this kind of informal learning may have implications for learning to play instruments at school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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