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ERIC Number: EJ861106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Informal Learning in Music: Emerging Roles of Teachers and Students
Rodriguez, Carlos
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v8 n2 p35-45 Oct 2009
In her new book "Music, Informal Learning and the School" (2008), Lucy Green consolidates many ideas presented in her previous writings. There is little doubt of the significance of her approach, but it raises epistemological and pedagogical issues that must be addressed to better understand where music teachers go next with informal learning, so that they might provide more relevant, engaging public school music instruction. Green's ideas resonate with the growing support for more creative thinking in the classroom. If teachers construe creativity as a three-part process of considering expected outcomes, rejecting them, then exploring alternatives, informal learning shows great promise for revitalizing music education. However, they are yet in the infancy stage of their inquiry, with so many new questions arising from the emergent literature. Therefore, in this paper the author presents several problems with informal learning that he has encountered in his work--specifically, the new roles for teachers in informal learning, and providing informal learning experiences to students who have substantive skill as formal musicians. The author discusses these problems in the context of his experiences with pre-service music educators at the University of South Florida, and with a rock band at a local urban high school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida