Characteristics of music teachers and the progress of young instrumentalists
Davidson, Jane W., Moore, D., Sloboda, John A. and Howe, Michael J.A. 1998. Characteristics of music teachers and the progress of young instrumentalists. Journal of Research in Music Education. 46 (1), pp. 141-160.
|Authors||Davidson, Jane W., Moore, D., Sloboda, John A. and Howe, Michael J.A.|
This study investigated the role of some key characteristics of teachers in the development of musical ability. Interviewing 257 children who differed in the extent of their instrumental mastery, it was discovered that the most successful learners regarded their teachers differently to those children who ceased music tuition. The more successful learners rated their first teacher higher than other learners on personal dimensions such as friendliness, and rated their current teacher higher than other learners on task-oriented professional dimensions such as pushiness. Additionally, the highly successful learners studied, on average, with more teachers than the other learners. These learners also generally received more individual instruction than the children who eventually ceased lessons. These findings confirm the importance of matching teacher characteristics to the changing requirements of learners in enabling the development of high levels of musical expertise.
|Keywords||successful learners; learning processes; musical expertise; teaching music|
|Journal||Journal of Research in Music Education|
|Journal citation||46 (1), pp. 141-160|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3345766|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||10 Mar 2010|
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