Envisioning pedagogical possibilities of social media and sonic participatory cultures

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Contemporary society is rich with diverse musics and musical practices, many of which are supported or shared via digital and social media. Music educators might address such forms of musical engagement to diversify what occurs in music programs. Realizing the possibilities of social media and addressing issues that might be problematic for music learning and teaching calls for conceptualizing social media in a more expansive manner than focusing on the technology itself. Situating people’s social media use and musical engagement in a larger context of participatory culture that involves music and media may be fruitful in this regard. We might then consider the potential of social media and musical engagement in participatory cultures for music learning and teaching. This chapter offers an overview of how people are applying aspects of participatory culture and social media in educational contexts. Building on work in media studies, media arts, education, and curricular theory, the chapter develops a framework for translating and recontextualizing participatory culture, musical engagement, and social media in ways that might inform music pedagogy and curriculum. In this way, it may help music educators move from an awareness of how people engage with and through music and social media in participatory culture to an orientation of developing related praxis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780190660772
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Collaboration
  • Digital media
  • Music education
  • Participatory culture
  • Pedagogy
  • Social media
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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