Learning to play an instrument

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge International Handbook of Music Psychology in Education and the Community
EditorsAndrea Creech, Donald Hodges, Susan Hallam
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781000383058
ISBN (Print)9780367769819
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2021

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