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Practice quantity, practice quality, motivation, and their roles in improving performance

P Evans, G MCPHERSON, A Williamon (ed.)

Ryukoku University | Published : 2015

Abstract

Background For musicians in the highest levels of training in music conservatories, practice is one of the key activities for developing performance ability. Research has shown that: (1) Accumulation of many hours of deliberate practice explains a considerable amount of variance in expert performance; (2) the quality of that practice is an important consideration, and that mechanical, mindless practice is less effective than strategic, goal-directed practice; and (3) sustaining practice quality and quantity requires an immense amount of motivational resources. Aims This paper aims to advance an empirically verifiable model integrating motivation, practice quantity, and practice quality. Main..

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