What is it about?

This article explains the realisation and impact of tutoring on learning through a new kind of on-the-job learning method in workshops led by professional musicians. The interaction between the students and the professional musician influenced the nature of the guidance – the professional musician was more like a colleague rather than a teacher. The students expressed that they had been able to influence the workshop goals in different phases and, thus, their professional competence had increased significantly.

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Why is it important?

In vocational institutes, it is important to observe different ways of realising on-the-job learning and to develop new models of action, like the workshop method, to promote the development of students’ skills and competence.


It was really interesting to learn about the students' experiences of the guidance in a music workshop. The study provided new insights into the importance of guidance in the musicians education.

Dr Esa Virkkula
Oulu University of Applied Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Guiding music students during workshop-based on-the-job learning, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, December 2016, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/13636820.2016.1271995.
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