A brave new world: theory to practice in participatory culture and music learning and teaching

Janice Waldron, Roger Mantie, Heidi Partti, Evan Tobias

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The four perspectives in this paper were first presented as an interactive research/workshop symposium at RIME 9. The purpose of the symposium was to connect new media scholar Henry Jenkins’s theory of ‘participatory culture’ (1992, 2006, 2009) to possible practices of ‘participatory culture’ in diverse music teaching and learning contexts. We ask: If participatory culture exists in music learning contexts – what is it? What are its dimensions? What does participatory culture look like and mean in other music cultures and different contexts/‘places’ (e.g. online, offline, and convergent settings)? Who can and who can’t participate? How might this idea cause us to re-think some of our practices?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalMusic Education Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 22 2017



  • cosmopolitan musicianship
  • Irish traditional music
  • media studies
  • music curriculum
  • music learning and teaching
  • Participatory culture
  • participatory music-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music

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