ISSN: 17526299
First published in 2008
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Volume 2 Issue 2&3
Cover Date: October 2009
Learning from our elders: survey of New Horizons International Music Association band and orchestra directors
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Authors:  Don D. Coffman 
DOI: 10.1386/ijcm.2.2-3.227_1

lifelong learning, adult education, gerontology, instrumental music education, andragogy

This study asked NHIMA directors (N = 74) who teach older adults to compare their experiences in teaching adult and youth learners. I analysed their comments through the lens of andragogical principles. Directors commented on teaching style, instructional content, learner attitudes and adult physical limitations. According to these directors, adults displayed less flexibility in learning that was perhaps compensated for by richer life experiences and higher levels of commitment, indicative of issues related to fluid and crystallized intelligence. The directors appreciated that rehearsals with adults could be done in a more relaxed fashion. Their enthusiastic comments about teaching adults raise questions about the ways that youth are taught.
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