In the class with the instrumental teacher, I acted as observer as Student A played the eight notes of a scale using the rhythms required in the exercises.
In the class with the instrumental teacher, I acted as observer as Student A played the eight notes of a scale using the rhythms required in the exercises.It was not easy for him, because the accents of the rhythms fell on unexpected notes.Both teachers believed that the practice by students at home needed improvement, especially the technical skills, such as rhythm, progression, or systematic elimination of errors.
The class lesson included research evidence and case studies of experts who favoured deliberate practice.
For example, students saw Sir Donald Bradman in his early days, developing cricket skills in front of a corrugated iron shed wall, using a stump of wood to hit the cricket ball.
Despite being so traditional and so necessary to the study of musical instruments, homework by Craigslea music students suffered from a lack of discipline.
To address the problem, the teachers decided to focus on the nature of homework – practice, in this case – thereby addressing the problem, as well as meeting the school’s requirement for collaborative professional development with peers.
Music can block out these distractions as long as the music is not distracting itself. You think about the words and not your math assignment. Avoid songs that include lots of changes and contrasts.
It’s much better to have smooth, repetitive melodies without sharp turns in tempo or surges in volume. Other ways to block auditory distractions are nature sounds, like rainfall, or just plain old white noise. Check out “The Mind Matters Show” for more learning tips!
This professional development within a Peer Learning Group (PLG) involved meetings, discussion, observation and reflection, supported by Patsy in her role of Master Teacher/facilitator of action research.
Initially, discussion was about the work of Susan Cain (2012) in her text Quiet, in which she defined deliberate practice as being solitary, requiring intense concentration and motivation, as well as ‘working on the task … Her core intent in the text was to emphasise the contrast between introverts and extroverts, supporting consideration in this study of how students saw themselves as musicians.
I get asked a lot about whether students with ADHD should listen to music when doing homework. They hear something, like a dog barking, and then they want to focus on that rather than the task at hand.
Obviously, students with ADHD are prone to auditory distraction.