Kiri Miller

in Playing Along

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199753451
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932979 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Music/Media Series


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This chapter addresses “amateur-to-amateur” (A2A) online pedagogy. Despite the limitations of current media platforms, millions of people are turning to YouTube, blogs, and other web-based social media in the pursuit of new corporeal skills, experiences, and knowledge. This chapter presents three case studies of A2A transmission: a conga lesson series created by a Virginia college student of Puerto Rican descent; piano lessons that cater to beginners who want to learn to play songs by the Beatles and Billy Joel; and ashtanga yoga transmission in a “cybershala” built out of online videos and blog posts. Each sheds light on how people are using interactive digital media to teach and learn embodied practices with established histories of actual-world pedagogy and performance.

Keywords: amateur; pedagogy; transmission; embodiment; conga; piano; yoga; social media; online; YouTube; blog

Chapter.  15792 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music ; Ethnomusicology

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