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From chunking drills to Hallelujah : using new methods to train and evaluate complete piano beginners

Grasemann, Ruben (2018) From chunking drills to Hallelujah : using new methods to train and evaluate complete piano beginners.

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Abstract:An experiment was conducted to gain insight into the use of chunking drills in the context of music and its benefits for the acquisition of piano playing skills. Completely music naive participants were trained to play a short musical piece by practicing one of two learning protocols: The control group practiced the whole piece repeatedly, while the experimental group engaged in chunking drills. The chunking drill protocol was developed by breaking down the piece into a total of 10 segments, each consisted of 3 to 8 stimuli. Music gaming software was used to bypass the prerequisite of reading musical notes. Performance on the test block, that followed the practice phases, was expected to be higher for participants of the experimental group. Audio recordings were analyzed by using the programming language R. Results showed significantly higher scores for the experimental group in both, number of correctly played notes and performance on a composite score. The present study supports previous research that claimed performance enhancement due to chunking drills. Moreover, an innovative method was developed that not only enables the observation of music naive participants but also illustrates new ways of precise response time measurement and efficient analysis in music research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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