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ERIC Number: EJ1146504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1036-6318
The Self-Taught Career Musician: Investigating Learning Sources and Experiences
Watson, Leah
Victorian Journal of Music Education, n1 p3-8 2016
This article reports early findings from a qualitative study of 10 full-time musicians who are self-taught, to investigate their learning biographies. The aim is to identify, define and explore learning sources and experiences across the musician's learning biography. Conducted in Melbourne, Australia, the musicians were recruited through snowball sampling through researcher's own connections, from previous work within the music industry. Analysis of transcripts from semi-structured interviews has revealed some early commonalities and patterns, although this study is still in progress. The early findings are; how they began to play music; progression from playing alone to playing with others; Adolescent learning phase; progression into full-time professional engagement; developing skills to a professional level; learning to be adaptable; learning through types of mentors; and learning from each other--both self-taught and formally taught. It is hoped that with attention paid to aspects of a self-taught musicians learning biography their sources of learning may contribute to music learning both within and outside formal settings and the achievements of self-taught musicians may be given more recognition and research attention.
Australian Society for Music Education (Victorian Chapter). PO Box 16, East Melbourne Victoria 8002; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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