In this paper I explore how my musical background, teaching skills, understanding and knowledge as well as music-making abilities and skills, have formed my current self as musician, teacher and researcher. An autoethnographical method is used to investigate my background, including the different modes of music education I received. From this qualitative study, it was possible to find that my interests along with the methods of interpretations I practice in the field of multicultural music are influenced by and formulated through my appreciation and understandings of and beliefs gained from education. Most importantly, they are shaped by the social context, cultural placing, and life experiences.
Respect, Identity, Formal and Informal Music Education, Musical Background, Multicultural Music, Autoethnography
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Nethsinghe, R. (2012). The Influence of Informal Music Education in Teacher Formation: An Autoethnography . The Qualitative Report, 17(49), 1-16. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol17/iss49/2