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ERIC Number: EJ951080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1063-5734
Formal and Informal Music Educational Practices
Jenkins, Phil
Philosophy of Music Education Review, v19 n2 p179-197 Fall 2011
Informal instructional approaches have long been an important component of a complete education in general and of music education in particular. But informal approaches have often been subject to bandwagon over-enthusiasm, with proponents inflating their virtues beyond what the concept appears to warrant. In this paper I will, first, examine the theoretical underpinnings of informal learning practices, and compare them to those of more formal learning practices to clarify what might be distinctive and valuable about using informal instructional practices in formal music educational settings; second, take a critical look at one empirical study in which informal learning practices were brought into the formal setting, examining some of the favorable and unfavorable aspects of the methods used; and third, briefly argue that informal instructional practices in music education can, along with formal practices, contribute to the formation of an individual learner's identity and agency through engagement with music.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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