MUSIC EDUCATION RESEARCH

Latest research on the benefits of music education for teachers, students, and parents. Tips for practising, motivation, performance, & more.

The Talent Paradox

By iteachpiano | April 7, 2012

Currently reading Music, Talent, and Performance – Henry Kingsbury.It is an anthropologists report about life within a conservatory culture. Some integrating and thought provoking ideas of perceptions of talent within and outside of the conservatory culture are presented. One of these is the talent paradox. Talent is frequently used as…

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800% Difference!

By iteachpiano | October 27, 2011

‘Practice makes perfect’. Ericsson (1993) followed violinists in a study of practice time. Results showed that those individuals who practiced the most (10,000 hours) by the age of 21 were rated as excellent by their university professors. Those students with less accumulated practice time (5,000) were rated as average players.…

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iPhone Practice Apps

By iteachpiano | October 22, 2011

I use my iPhone to log my practice sessions and take notes. The app is Musicians Practice Journal by Axe Monkey software. I have been using the paid verison for 12 months. It is a good tool to log practice times, particularly when you think you have done ‘x’ amount…

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Teacher Skill

By iteachpiano | October 22, 2011

In all areas of education, there has been an accumulation of knowledge and methods for effective teaching and learning. Music is one area with a long history of teaching methods and training. A beginner needs an effective teacher. An effective teacher is one who can foresee future skill demands for…

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Deliberate Practice

By iteachpiano | October 22, 2011

Deliberate Practice Just playing through your repertoire mindlessly? It can be quite common, but it is not helpful for improvement. Instrumental students may make the mistake of thinking that they are practicing when in fact they are just merely engaging in the act of playing. Engagement in instrumental practice is…

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Playful engagement?

By iteachpiano | October 21, 2011

Ericsson et al (1993) found that improvement in performance was evident when individuals were given tasks with well-defined goals and were provided feedback by their teacher. There was also ample opportunity for repetition. Full concentration is required. Ericsson calls this deliberate practice. Deliberate practice is above that of playful engagement,…

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Access to the best training resources

By iteachpiano | October 21, 2011

Bloom (1985) highlights the importance of having early access to the best training resources available. This includes the best teachers and equipment (for example: a well maintained piano) for all learners as soon as they begin piano lessons. Too many bad habits could develop in a beginner and may go…

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