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ERIC Number: EJ966687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0190-4922
Adult Musicians' Experiences in a Homogeneous Ensemble Setting
Taylor, Donald M.; Kruse, Nathan B.; Nickel, Bethany J.; Lee, Betty B.; Bowen, Tiffany N.
Contributions to Music Education, v38 n1 p11-26 2011
The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of adult musicians in two long-standing flute choirs. Data were collected through observations, field notes, and in-depth interviews with 16 ensemble members. Salient statements were grouped into meaning units and clustered into 5 themes: Serendipity, Rewards, Challenges, Directors' Leadership, and Identity. Results indicated that serendipity played a substantial role in people's initial musical pursuits as well as their continued study. Most participants engaged in music only when invited by others, but once involved, they flourished and began to embrace musicianship as a meaningful part of their individual and group identity. Director leadership styles and a non-competitive atmosphere allowed for supportive, informal learning as participants assumed varying roles to assist each other. Challenges associated with flute choir membership included reestablishing previously learned skills, coping with the physical effects of aging, and fighting fatigue after long work days.
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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