How do young music students acquire high levels of expertise in instrumental music?

How do young music students acquire high levels of expertise in instrumental music? The expertise and deliberate practice paradigm (Ericsson, Krampe, & Tesch-Römer, 1993) proposes that the amount of deliberate practice one has completed will determine the level of success and quality of performance. The research of Ericsson and colleagues is supported, although explanations for…

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Teaching Strategies in Instrumental Studios

Recent research has highlighted some of the teaching strategies employing in instrumental studios. Some of these strategies are modelling, teacher talk, reinforcement, questioning, and practising.  So when it comes to teacher talk, what does this consist of and how is it being delivered in instrumental lessons? Are there differences in instrumental instruction according to student…

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The Talent Paradox

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 a way of explaining…

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Access to the best training resources

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 unnoticed by an ill-informed teacher.…

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