Adult Music Learning in Formal, Nonformal, and Informal Contexts

Kari K. Veblen

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 2

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199928019
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

 Adult Music Learning in Formal, Nonformal, and Informal Contexts

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This article examines current research and practice in formal, nonformal, and informal learning for adult music students. In a formal setting, the teacher controls the materials, pacing, and interactions in a structured environment. Nonformal learning practices involve systematic and deliberate but less regulated pursuits that occur outside of educational structures. Informal practices comprise aspects of knowledge and skill acquisition that are largely experiential.

Keywords: music education; adult education; music learning; social contexts; adult students

Article.  5692 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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