Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Practice Behaviors of Eighth-Grade Instrumental Musicians."

Rohwer, D. and Polk, J. (2006) "Practice Behaviors of Eighth-Grade Instrumental Musicians." Journal of Research in Music Education 54(4), 350-357

This article researches the practice behaviors instrumental music students. Much study has gone into the effectiveness of analytical practice among professional musicians. The purpose of this study is an effort to understand how secondary students practice and how we as educators and teachers can increase their productivity in their individual practice.

"Research findings indicate that musical practice is complex. Investigators have obtained mixed results in terms of the effects of the amount of practice, instrument played, and treatment conditions. In 1993, Ericsson, Krampe, and Tesch-Romer asserted that time spent in deliberate practice serves as a better predictor of achievement than does talent. Since then, other researchers have agreed with the basic tenets of deliberate practice however, found amount of to achievement only for instrumental students."

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