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Effects of Practice Schedule on Wind Instrument Performance: A PreliminAry Application of a Motor Learning Principle
Applications of Research in Music Education (2010)
  • Laura A. Stambaugh, Georgia Southern University
  • Steven M. Demorest, University of Washington
Abstract

The effects of three practice schedules on beginning instrumental achievement were explored. A total of 19 seventh-grade clarinet and saxophone students completed one 18-minute practice session using either a blocked schedule causing a low level of cognitive (contextual) interference, a hybrid schedule causing a moderate level of interference, or a serial schedule causing a high level of interference. No main effects were found at immediate acquisition testing or 24-hr delayed retention testing for technical accuracy, attitude toward practice, or musicality. A significant practice Condition × Trial interaction was found for musicality. The discussion examines the discrepancy between technical and musical achievement. Recommendations are given for future research applying motor learning principles to instrumental music contexts.

Keywords
  • Practice,
  • Practice schedule,
  • Instrumental,
  • Beginner,
  • Music
Disciplines
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Laura A. Stambaugh and Steven M. Demorest. "Effects of Practice Schedule on Wind Instrument Performance: A PreliminAry Application of a Motor Learning Principle" Applications of Research in Music Education Vol. 28 Iss. 2 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/laura_stambaugh/1/