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ERIC Number: EJ861107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Informal Learning in Music in the Irish Secondary School Context
Downey, Jean
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v8 n2 p46-59 Oct 2009
In her book "Informal Learning and the School: A new classroom pedagogy" Lucy Green notes: "The issues ... centre around the importance of listening to young people's voices and taking their values and their culture seriously" (Green, 2008, p. 185). It can be argued that for young people, "their culture" is frequently construed as the popular music culture of their time. Despite this common assumption, it is important to recognise that for many young people "their culture" is multi-faceted and incorporates many different musics, often depending on national, regional and local differences. Irish traditional music remains very much part of the multifaceted popular music culture in Ireland alongside more global forms of popular music. Irish music is predominantly passed on informally through the practices of traditional musicians. Informal music learning in Ireland, then, is experienced in both Irish music and contemporary popular music. This article looks at the similarities and differences of informal learning in Irish music and the informal learning of students' popular music making described in Green's research. The article also considers how both forms of informal learning are and could be further integrated into music classes at second level education in Irish schools. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland