’Roots in the age of YouTube’: Old and Contemporary Modes of Learning/Teaching in Serbian Frula Playing

Keywords: frula, Serbia, teaching music, learning music, digital environments, aural learning, hybrid learning, musicl learning and technology


During the first two decades of new millennium Serbian frula playing has been transformed from traditional to neotraditional practice, grew from aural to digitally mediated musical expression and shifted from a relative continuity with the past to specific revivalistic tendencies. The mode of learning of the music has also transformed from aural transmission and memorization without a teacher to combined tutoring and learning via listening to digitally available sources.  This paper traces the modes of learning of folk aerophone frula throughout the twentieth century and up to the present, and moreover analyzes how the relation of the teacher and the pupil, although being a recent invention in frula practice, serves as a counterbalance to the mediatized way of learning (of) music. 

Author Biography

Iva Nenić, University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology

Iva Nenić, Ph.D., ethnomusicologist and cultural theorist. She is employed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ethnomusicology of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. As a lecturer she collaborates in postgraduate studies of the University of Arts in Belgrade (Theory of Arts and Media, Management in Culture).