Turning Music Learning on Its Head

A ten-year study of learning, published a year ago, came up with some surprising conclusions that, for some music students and teachers, might turn music learning on its head.   One is that drilling a passage of music over and over is not the way to master it.
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It turns out that working in a focused way on one thing yields results, but they’re only temporary.  One example is the way someone might cram for a test and get by, but then forget most of the material soon after.  But it applies to learning music or any other subject as well.

A couple of other strategies work much better than single-task practice, if the goal is mastery and long-term results.  One way is Continue reading Turning Music Learning on Its Head

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