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ERIC Number: EJ906953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1752-6299
Once the Beat Gets Going It Really Grooves: Informal Music Learning as Experienced by Two Irish Traditional Musicians
Waldron, Janice
International Journal of Community Music, v1 n1 p89-103 Aug 2007
The purpose of this ethnographic case study was to discover the manner in which two Irish musicians, Loretto Reid and Brian Taheny, taught/and or transmitted traditional music at the Celtic College Summer School in Goderich, Ontario. Two central questions, each followed by several sub-questions, served to focus the study: "How did you learn Irish traditional music?" and "How do you teach Irish traditional music to adults?" Several themes emerged from the analysis of the central and sub-questions, including a supportive family environment, listening and observing as key elements to musical learning, teaching holistically and music notation used as a memory aid and not as the primary learning tool. Information gleaned from this study is potentially valuable to public school music programmes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada