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Generative Processes in MusicThe Psychology of Performance, Improvisation, and Composition$
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John Sloboda

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508465.001.0001

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Rehearsal skill and musical competence: does practice make perfect?

Rehearsal skill and musical competence: does practice make perfect?

(p.91) 5 Rehearsal skill and musical competence: does practice make perfect?
Generative Processes in Music

Linda M. Gruson

Oxford University Press

This chapter reports a pioneering study on rehearsal strategies of musicians at different levels. It finds that people at any given level do not change their strategy much over the course of learning a given piece, but that significant strategy differences do exist between different levels of expertise. For instance, experienced players are more likely to repeat musically coherent sections of the piece. Beginners are much more likely to repeat individual notes. The general drift of the evidence is that experienced rehearsers are more aware of the structure of what they are rehearsing, and that this makes rehearsal more efficient.

Keywords:   rehearsal skill, practice, musical competence, musical rehearsing

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