Integrating Popular Music and Informal Learning in the Instrumental Music Classroom

December 2, 2013 / By: Patrick Bents

This paper examines the differences between formal learning methods used in school instrumental music classroom and informal methods used by popular musicians outside of a school setting, and proposes integrating informal learning of popular music into the classroom. Benefits and enhancements to student learning are presented, along with several concrete examples of how popular music and informal learning have been used in the classroom.