International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 7 Number 4

June 17, 2006

Apprenticeship at the Academy of Music

Klaus Nielsen
Aarhus University (Denmark)

Citation: Nielsen, Klaus. (2006, June 17). Apprenticeship at the Academy of Music. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 7(4). Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v7n4/.

Abstract
Inspired by studies of apprenticeship and theories of situated learning, this study argues that learning should be understood in relation to ongoing social practice. Using interview material and participant observation studying piano studentsí learning at the Academy of Music in Aarhus, it describes how transparency and access to the music culture at the Academy are important for the piano studentsí learning processes. In particular, two ways of learning are described: learning by imitation and learning by performance. In both these ways the learning process involves and is organised around becoming a member of the musical culture and developing an identity as a musician.

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