Musical learning in a cross-cultural setting: a case study of Gambian and Swedish adolescents in interaction

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Musical learning in a cross-cultural setting: a case study of Gambian and Swedish adolescents in interaction. / Mars, Annette; Saether, Eva; Folkestad, Göran.

I: Music Education Research, Vol. 17, Nr. 3, 2015, s. 296-311.

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T1 - Musical learning in a cross-cultural setting: a case study of Gambian and Swedish adolescents in interaction

AU - Mars, Annette

AU - Saether, Eva

AU - Folkestad, Göran

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - This article presents a study investigating how adolescents from Sweden and the Gambia learned music while interacting with each other in a concert project conducted in the Gambia. The main aim is to explore in what ways adolescents acquire music and to analyse it in a context of cultural identity. A sociocultural and ethnomusicological approach was employed, drawing on field studies and interviews with the adolescents. The results demonstrate that the students' musical and cultural backgrounds strongly influence the ways in which they learn and how they teach others. Their cultural backgrounds also affect their choice of tools for learning and teaching. The adolescents appear to be more inclined to change their ways of teaching others than to change the methods of their own musical learning. The results suggest that teachers ought not to always use the same methods in teaching their students as they experienced when learning themselves, and that teachers need an ability to identify the learning styles of their students and to create a learning environment that corresponds to this variety.

AB - This article presents a study investigating how adolescents from Sweden and the Gambia learned music while interacting with each other in a concert project conducted in the Gambia. The main aim is to explore in what ways adolescents acquire music and to analyse it in a context of cultural identity. A sociocultural and ethnomusicological approach was employed, drawing on field studies and interviews with the adolescents. The results demonstrate that the students' musical and cultural backgrounds strongly influence the ways in which they learn and how they teach others. Their cultural backgrounds also affect their choice of tools for learning and teaching. The adolescents appear to be more inclined to change their ways of teaching others than to change the methods of their own musical learning. The results suggest that teachers ought not to always use the same methods in teaching their students as they experienced when learning themselves, and that teachers need an ability to identify the learning styles of their students and to create a learning environment that corresponds to this variety.

KW - music

KW - cross-cultural

KW - Gambia

KW - learning

U2 - 10.1080/14613808.2014.930120

DO - 10.1080/14613808.2014.930120

M3 - Article

VL - 17

SP - 296

EP - 311

JO - Music Education Research

T2 - Music Education Research

JF - Music Education Research

SN - 1469-9893

IS - 3

ER -