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.
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