Examining the effect of practicing with different modeling conditions on the memorization of young piano students

Authors: Jardaneh, Nisreen
Advisor: Dubé, Francis
Abstract: Modeling is a teaching technique that is studied in the fields of motor learning, neuroscience, teaching, and music. Yet it is unknown whether this technique can be effective in memorizing piano music especially for young students. Therefore, this study examined the effect of practicing with different modeling conditions on memorizing a piano piece. These modeling conditions were: aural modeling, and video modeling with cues. The study conducted a quasi-experiment with 24 young piano students at Grade 3 level of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Canada or equivalent. Participants practiced with one modeling condition in order to measure which condition would produce best retention results. Results showed that video modeling with cues seemed to be the most effective practice tool in terms of low note mistakes and rhythm mistakes compared to audio modeling and free practice groups. This finding supports neuroscience research that states that the use of visual, aural and motor techniques produce the best memory recall. This provides great potential for using video modeling with cues as a practice tool for pianostudents for better memorization.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 3 February 2021
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/68022
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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