Issues and evidence specific to learning to play an instrument are addressed in this chapter, including instrument choice, gender differences, reasons for dropping out, student learning styles, informal learning and learning later in life. The reading of notation, playing by ear and acquisition of technical skills are considered. Strategies for developing fluent sight-reading are discussed. Approaches to practice consider the evidence relating to time spent practising, the quality of practice and strategy use and practising in ensembles. The implications for education and community music across the life course, and the differences between the two, are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Routledge International Handbook of Music Psychology in Education and the Community|
|Editors||Andrea Creech, Donald Hodges, Susan Hallam|
|Place of Publication||London UK|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 27 May 2021|