Projects

Motivation, Practice, and Performance: A Longitudinal Study

Major questions still exist around some of the most important scientific findings related to skill acquisition, practice quality, and motivation. This major longitudinal survey seeks to address some of these issues and provide practical recommendations for musicians and teachers.

Sites UNSW Australia (S1-2 2016)
Melbourne Conservatorium (S1-2 2016)
Jacobs School of Music at IU (Fall 16—Spring 17)
Royal College of Music, London (Autumn 16—Spring 17)
Eligibility To participate in this study, you must be:

  • A student at one of the sites above
  • 18 years or older
Participation Participation in the study involves the following:

  • Complete an online survey 4 times over the academic year. The survey takes about 20 minutes each time.
  • Allow the researchers to access your performance examination marks.
Benefits You will receive a $25 gift card after the first phase. If you complete all 4 surveys, you will go in the draw to win a $1000 gift card at each research site.

You will also receive a customised personal report on your motivation and practice strategies based on the evidence gathered from this large-scale research. The report will provide recommendations to improve your practice.

Participate Students at participating institutions will be invited via email. If you have not received an invitation and would like to participate, or if you would like your institution to participate, please contact us.

Practice Microanalysis

Key Research Question: What are the cognitive and metacognitive processes associated with the best practice strategies, and how can these be used to improve the quality and efficiency of music practice?

Sites UNSW Australia (2015 S1 and S2)
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2015 S1 and S2)
Eligibility To participate in this study, you must be:
• A student at one of the sites above
• 18 years or older
How do I participate? We will attend one of your practice sessions, ask you some questions, and observe you practising for about 10-15 minutes. In some cases we may also invite you to participate in a more in-depth case study.
What do I get? A report on how to improve your practice based on the evidence and conclusions we get from conducting the study (available early 2016).
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Participate This study has now closed. Please consider participating in our other projects.

Teacher–Student Interactions in Studio Lessons

Do teachers mainly provide instruction during lessons, or do they focus on modeling? Do they ask questions of students, or provide answers? Does any of this make a difference?  This study aims to understand the relationship between teachers and students, and to help teachers and students identify characteristics of good lessons.

Sites UNSW Australia (S2 2015)
Melbourne Conservatorium (S2 2015)
Jacobs School of Music at IU (Coming soon)
Royal College of Music, London (Coming soon)
Eligibility To participate in this study, you must be:

  • A student and teacher pair at one of the sites above
  • Both student and teacher consent to participating
  • 18 years or older
How do I participate?
  • Record one of your lessons with a video camera we provide to you.
  • Complete a brief (5-minute) survey.
  • Allow the researchers to access your performance examination marks.
Whatdo I get? You will go in the draw to win an Apple iPad valued at $499 or a gift card of equivalent value. One teacher and one student will be selected. The prize will be drawn when the researchers have collected 60 videos, or on 1 July 2016 (whichever comes first).
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Practice: Quality, Quantity, and Motivation (Pilot)

[NOW CLOSED] Motivation and practice quality are closely connected. This study helps us to understand optimal motivational orientations to practice and performance.

Sites UNSW Australia (S2 2015)
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (S2 2015)
Other sites by invitation
Eligibility To participate in this study, you must be:
• A music student (see above)
• 18 years or older
How do I participate? • Complete an online survey during the second half of Semester 2, 2015.
• Give us permission to ask your school for your performance examination marks at the end of the semester.This is a pilot project. We may invite you to participate further in 2016-17.
What do I get? •We are not able to offer any payment or compensation in this study.
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Participate Now This study has now concluded. Please consider participating in our other projects.