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How does a rock musician teach? Examining the pedagogical practices of a self-taught rock musician‐educator

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This research examines the pedagogical practices of a self-taught musician who teaches music at an elementary school in Canada. Research on the ways that popular musicians teach has shown that many teachers use a combination of informal and formalized structures. We used Personhood theory as a conceptual framework to illuminate how the context and disposition of the musician‐teacher informs their pedagogy. These findings demonstrate how context and disposition inform pedagogical practices and the ways that the teacher’s personhood contributes to students’ learning. We collected data through interviews with the teacher and school principal, distributed questionnaires to students and observed performances. Findings show that one’s personhood can contribute to the medium, message and messenger within a music education setting. Personhood theory helps frame the nested nature of these relationships and these findings point to the need to support development of in-service and pre-service teachers’ personhood.
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Keywords: case study; elementary music education; informal learning; music teacher education; personhood; rock music; self-taught musician

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2019

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  • The main aims of Journal of Popular Music Education, especially initially, will be iteratively to define the parameters of the field and disciplines of its readership and contributors (especially with regard to other journals in popular music and music education), this being an emerging field of scholarship and practice. The other principal aim will be to disseminate excellent critique and other forms of scholarship (e.g. phenomenological) in and related to the field. The journal will have an inclusive, global reach. 'Education' and 'popular music' are terms that we expect to be stretched and problematized through rigorous examination from multiple international perspectives.
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