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The Violet experience: Social interaction through eclectic music learning practices

  • Jacob M. Dakon (a1) (a2) and Elene Cloete (a3)

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In this qualitative case study, we used participant observation and interviews to examine Violet, a Flemish string youth orchestra. In doing so, we identify the qualities that constitute an ‘eclectic’ ensemble space, herein defined as a musical environment that uses a blend of informal and formal learning practices. Moreover, we emphasize how members benefit musically, socially, and personally from such spaces. Our findings suggest that a blend of eclectic practices create a music space that promotes social engagement, social interaction, and peer learning among members. Additionally, eclectic music spaces allow for personal development and nurture self-appreciation. An eclectic ensemble space thus provides a rich alternative to more traditional forms of music ensemble instruction.

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The Violet experience: Social interaction through eclectic music learning practices

  • Jacob M. Dakon (a1) (a2) and Elene Cloete (a3)

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