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Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1752-6299
  • E-ISSN: 1752-6302



The School Orchestra and String Teachers v2 (SOST v2) Facebook group is a self-directed online community of practice. In this study we describe the posting behaviour of SOST v2 members during the initial eighteen months of its launch on Facebook. Analysis of member-initiated posts (N=1,676) revealed the following:

• Nearly 22 per cent of SOST v2 members contributed posts.

• Repertoire (n=276), teaching advice (n=252) and links to articles and websites (n=231) were the most frequently posted topics.

• SOST v2 members represent Canada, Hong Kong, Morocco, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

School orchestra and string teachers have formed a viable community of practice on Facebook. Facebook groups provide a means by which music teachers may form a network for informal learning for music teachers and communicate easily with peers across the world. The challenges and potential of social media research are discussed.


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