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ERIC Number: EJ1004542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
YouTube, Fanvids, Forums, Vlogs and Blogs: Informal Music Learning in a Convergent on- and Offline Music Community
Waldron, Janice
International Journal of Music Education, v31 n1 p91-105 Feb 2013
In this paper I examine the music learning and teaching in the Banjo Hangout online music community ( using cyber ethnographic methods of interview and participant observation conducted entirely through computer-mediated communication, which includes Skype and written narrative texts--forum posts, email, chat room conversations--along with hyperlinks to YouTube and other Internet music-learning resources. The Hangout is an example of an online community based on the pre-existing offline interests of its founding members and it is thus connected to and overlaps with the offline Old Time and Bluegrass music banjo communities. Although I focus on the Banjo Hangout online community, this study also provides peripheral glimpses--embedded in the participants' narratives--into the offline Old Time and Bluegrass banjo communities of practice. As a cyber ethnographic field study, this research also highlights the epistemological differences between on- and offline community as reflected in music education online narrative qualitative research and research practice. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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