In recent weeks, Niklas and I talked about the advantages and disadvantages of learning music instruments formally (follow regular specialized lessons) or informally (learn by yourself). Thank you for your comments on those, and special thanks to Christophe and Guillaume for sharing their own experiences! 😀
Both ways of learning music instruments have unique advantages that the other way cannot replace. Formal learning will improve your skill on playing in a short time and improve weaknesses that you maybe never realized. And informal learning will typically give the learner a motivation to learn, especially when compare to “boring” formal learning. Sooo, how about to combining these two ways of learning together?!
Obviously we are not the first ones to think of this: Ms. Lucy Green mentioned in her paper MUSIC, INFORMAL LEARNING AND THE SCHOOL: A NEW CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY a new pedagogy of learning music which contains not only musical activities of listening, performing and composing, but also extends to issues of learner autonomy, group co-operation and disaffected pupils.
Different from the traditional formal education, in which the teacher will decide the music pieces for the learners, this new education method will let the learner choose the piece they would like to play. And the teacher is not only leading the student while studying, but supporting them.
So… Does this method really improve the traditional formal education and does it combine well with the informal education? To which extend is this already implemented? Need your voice to discuss it!