Contemporary challenges in learning and teaching folk music in a higher education context: a case study of Hua'er music

Yang, Yang and Welch, Graham (2014) Contemporary challenges in learning and teaching folk music in a higher education context: a case study of Hua'er music. Music Education Research, 16 2: 193-219. doi:10.1080/14613808.2013.878324


Author Yang, Yang
Welch, Graham
Title Contemporary challenges in learning and teaching folk music in a higher education context: a case study of Hua'er music
Journal name Music Education Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-9893
1461-3808
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14613808.2013.878324
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 193
End page 219
Total pages 27
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Literature reviews suggest that traditional approaches in folk music education are not necessarily compatible with the conventions of formal music education. Whilst many recent studies have tended to define these non-classical music learning contexts as 'informal', the practice of folk transmission music appears to be much more complex and fluid in the real world. This case study presents an example of teaching and learning experiences of folk singers in a contemporary society in Western China. In this particular context, 'informal learning' was found to be influenced by 'formal' music practices, whilst a 'formal approach' in a classroom has found to be reversely altered by the 'informal oral tradition' that was recently proposed in Chinese Higher Music Education. Based on qualitative interview data from four musicians, three major findings are reported on current transformations of Hua'er music practices. Pedagogical suggestions were further discussed on a possible dual-input (was termed 'formal' and 'informal' in Jaffurs's study) learning approach, which may contribute to the success of folk music education at college level.
Keyword Folk singer
Higher education
Hua'er
Pedagogy
Singing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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