Dr. Jan-Peter Herbst

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Informal learning in Popular Music

In contemporary political debates, the term “competence” is of primary importance. It is recognisable that educational concepts are now focusing on structuring ways of learning. With such a standardisation of learning, however, the chances of an informal learning (Green 2008) are easily overlooked and hastily dismissed. In popular music, autodidactic and band-oriented approaches of learning and enculturation have a long tradition. Music learning, there, is intrinsically motivated, holistic and based on experimentation and peer-feedback.

In this seminar, we will experience informal learning first-hand by simulating situations studied in popular music education, and by reflecting on the experience.

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