In digitally networked collectives, creative self-directed learning and pedagogical practices are part of everyday life. Music education takes up such practices, for example in the form of collective songwriting, and attributes many positive effects to them. Musical practice with digital technologies creates identity, ensures participation, democratisation, collaboration, creativity and self-learning, thus promoting not only musical skills but education as a whole. In contrast, there is a nationally sparse and internationally scattered research landscape and the observation that digital innovations in informal artistic contexts today often encounter a post-digital hybridisation of digital and non-digital practices. In this phase of advanced digitalisation, the joint project of the University of Erfurt (UE) and the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe (PHK) investigates songwriting processes as an example of collective creativity in (post)digital communities. Based on music lessons in schools (UE) on the one hand and informal bands (PHK) on the other, collaborative and cooperative learning in different educational contexts will be explored. The interplay of informal and formal self-learning processes in digitally networked communities will be reconstructed, the respective constitutive role of digital and analogue technologies identified and design principles for future informal-formal educational practices derived.
The research proposal was submitted by Marc Godau, Matthias Haenisch and Verena Weidner. The project runs from 2020 to 2024 and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.