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ERIC Number: EJ863969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1752-6299
The Gettin' Higher Choir: Exploring Culture, Teaching and Learning in a Community Chorus
Kennedy, Mary Copland
International Journal of Community Music, v2 n2-3 p183-200 Oct 2009
The purpose of the study was to examine musical teaching and learning in an informal context in order to glean information and strategies that may be helpful to teachers and students in more formal settings. Through an ethnographic approach, the researcher examined the particular culture of the Gettin' Higher Choir (GHC) to gain a deep understanding of the GHC experience and examine the teaching and learning processes of this 300+-member organization. Data collection techniques consisted of observation, interviews and the examination of material culture. Analysis was ongoing throughout and following the fieldwork process. Themes which emerged included the following: who comes and why, the ethos of GHC, by-products of membership in the Gettin' Higher Choir, the teaching and learning process, and the outlier view. Implications for music education were suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A