Perceptions of the informal learning branch of Musical Futures

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This paper will explore how Green’s (2002, 2008) model of informal learning, as advocated by Musical Futures, is perceived by those lying close to the phenomenon. Qualitative research was conducted and data collection involved semi-structured interviews with three key figures relating to the phenomenon. Case studies were then conducted in four English secondary schools, involving teachers and students. Data was analysed thematically. Overall key findings of the study will be presented and discussed: the phenomenon as a problem solver; adaptations and misconceptions; revolution within music education; and tensions of freedom versus authority and marketisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-42
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Music Education
Issue number1
Early online date17 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2021


  • Informal learning
  • Musical Futures
  • Case study


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