Characteristics of music teachers and the progress of young instrumentalists

Davidson, Jane W. and Moore, Derek G. and 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. (doi:10.2307/3345766).

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Davidson, J.W. et al (1998) ‘Characteristics of Music Teachers and the Progress of Young Instrumentalists’ Journal of Research in Music Education, 46 (1) 141-160.
Divisions: Schools > Psychology, School of > Institute for Research in Child Development
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 09:37
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 13:21
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/658

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