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Early progress in music performance

Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson and Robert Faulkner

in Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199579297
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579297.003.0016
Early progress in music performance

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This chapter describes an initial pilot study aimed at assessing what the students were thinking while engaged in each of the five ways of performing music: performing rehearsed music, sight-reading, playing by ear, playing by memory, and improvising. Students' performances on each of the five measures were analysed in ways that ensured that the same performance standards in years 1, 2, and 3 were allocated identical scores. Taken as a whole, this early research into students' initial performance progress shows that progression was in many ways smooth, with most learners improving, however gradually, across the initial years of their learning.

Keywords: musical development; music students; pilot study; music performance; music learning

Chapter.  6182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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