Chapter

Practice

Andreas C. Lehmann, John A. Sloboda and Robert H. Woody

in Psychology for Musicians

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195146103
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851164 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146103.003.0004
Practice

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This chapter studies the concept of practice as it applies to music. Practice is revealed to be a complex behavior influenced by a variety of factors, and it is studied in terms of its macro and micro perspectives. The chapter discusses several related points regarding the activity of practice. First is that the scientific notion of practice does not differentiate between its formal and informal types. Second, the ultimate objective and benefit of practice is the development of long-term skill-building in music rather than the learning of a single piece. Third, the continuous application of practice is critical to the success of a musician's performance and there are rarely any shortcuts to the acquisition of musical skill. Last, excluding the individual differences among musicians, several common “good practice” behaviors or activities are identified from the practices of experts in the field, which promote good habits.

Keywords: practice; music; macro perspective; micro perspective; scientific; musician

Chapter.  9034 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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