Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Informal Teaching and Learning Practices in a Traditional Jazz Ensemble: A Case Study
by Furiani, Dominic Michael, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 127; 10978203
Abstract (Summary)

Non-traditional music ensembles have emerged in public school classrooms as part of a larger effort to facilitate informal learning in school music. In this multi-instrumental case study, twenty-two member jazz ensemble composed of 10-12th grade students embarked on an aural learning activity. In this study, I examine the teaching and learning styles that emerged from the participants to gain a better understanding of informal learning practices and how they manifest in a formal learning environment. Data collection included twenty-two student surveys and one semi-structured interview of the participating teacher. In addition, video recordings of instruction, field notes, and in class memos were composed while observing the teacher and students. All data were coded using open and axial processes. The data are divided into two sections—the teacher’s experience which highlights teaching strategies and implementation procedures and the students’ experiences which focused on affective perception, the learning process, social/communal responses, and achievement. Findings indicate that a teacher who is implementing an aural learning activity into a large ensemble setting may adopt a different teaching style in order to create an authentic informal learning experience for the students. When authentically placing informal methods into a formal learning environment, students rely more on self- and peer-teaching, which led to heightened social and communal responses. These findings are linked to this specific aural learning activity, and future research in other settings with different activities may yield alternative results. Additional research which may include sharing of new activities, experiences and teaching strategies may benefit all teachers in blending informal and formal learning practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thies, Tamara T.
Commitee: Palkki, Joshua, Zanutto, Daniel
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music, Music education
Keywords: Aural learning, Constructivist, Formal, Informal, Non-formal, Nontraditional
Publication Number: 10978203
ISBN: 9781392073834
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