Capstone/Dissertation Title

Practice habits and perceptions: second-year instrumentalist surveys and interviews

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone examines the perceptions second-year instrumental music students have about practicing and what practice strategies they employ. The two major research methods used are: (1) a quantitative survey that included closed and open-ended questions, and (2) qualitative interviews of five students who have shown varying levels of practice and success in band or orchestra. These methods exposed how often students practice, practice spaces they have at home, support of music that is shown by their family, practice strategies they have knowledge of and use on a regular basis, and what motivates them to practice on their own. By surveying and interviewing a variety of students, including those who practice on a regular basis and those who do not, some of the reasons these students see different levels of success playing an instrument are uncovered.

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