My dissertation research focused on the information activities of amateur and student musicians. I was interested in how various kinds of information are used in musicians’ daily music practice and social life, especially things like photographs, films, stories, and certain non-verbal gestures. I wanted to learn about how musicians translate embodied information and unspoken understanding about complex physical movements and feelings into and out of these documents.
Mastering physical activities like performing music usually requires apprenticeship and hands-on training, which often occurs within a social setting. Information science knows relatively little about the information practices–including creating, seeking, using, storing and sharing information–related to the pursuit of physical activities.