Journal article

Evaluating practice strategies, behavior and learning progress in elite performers: An exploratory study

Adina Mornell, Margaret S Osborne, Gary E McPherson

Musicae Scientiae | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


Typical musicians devote most of their time to blocks of physical practice and mistake-avoidance, as opposed to mental preparation, desirable difficulties, and strategies that strengthen self-efficacy and autonomy. For this reason, teachers try to steer students away from mindless drill and towards self-regulated learning strategies. Yet, both the scientific and pedagogical literature lack guidelines for developing musicians that are supported by empirical research. This exploratory study with 14 musicians was designed to capture what they planned to practice, as well as what they actually did in the practice room, in order to assess the level of repetition and innovation intended and carrie..

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