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Title:Teaching and Learning in the Community Gamelan at UIUC
Author(s):Santos, Monica F.A.W.
Subject(s):world music
music education
learning strategies
teaching strategies
Abstract:This research looks at how the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides different kinds of learning spaces for the students of the University, as well as the wider community. Using the Community Gamelan as a case study, this project looks at the teaching and learning processes used by the members of the group. As a project of the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, the Community Gamelan is intended to provide members of the UIUC and Urbana-Champaign community the chance to experience performing in a Balinese Gamelan orchestra, under the tutelage of a Balinese Gamelan master. Using ethnographic methods (participant-observation, interviews, questionnaire), this study examines the strategies that the members use to learn the pieces for the performance at the end of the semester, and the “negotiations” that the teacher does to accommodate the learning environment at UIUC, while trying to expose its members to a "different" musical tradition. The findings of this study are intended to answer the basic question "Does the Community Gamelan provide a different kind of learning space for students of UIUC, that is, different from the formal, classroom environment? And if so, how?
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:ANTH 411; Fall 2010
Ellen Moodie, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-10-05

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