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Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity$
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Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson, and Robert Faulkner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579297.001.0001

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Early progress in music performance

Early progress in music performance

(p.44) Chapter 3 Early progress in music performance
Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Gary E. McPherson

Jane W. Davidson

Robert Faulkner

Oxford University Press

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

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