Self-regulation and Personality Affect Practice

Learning to play a musical instrument is a challenging and rewarding experience that requires dedication, practice, and self-regulation. However, the factors that influence the development of musical skills and the effectiveness of practice strategies are not fully understood. That’s why a recent study published in the Journal of Research in Music Education aimed to investigate the relationships between self-regulated learning, personality traits, and instrument practice.

The study, conducted by Williamon and Valentine, surveyed 228 music students and teachers from various institutions and backgrounds. The participants completed a series of questionnaires that assessed their self-regulated learning strategies, personality traits (using the Big Five model), and instrument practice habits. The researchers analyzed the data using statistical methods and found several interesting results.

Firstly, the study found that self-regulated learning strategies were positively correlated with personality traits such as openness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability. This suggests that individuals who are more open to new experiences, organized, and resilient may be more effective at regulating their learning and achieving their musical goals. On the other hand, individuals who scored high on neuroticism (i.e., prone to anxiety and negative emotions) tended to use less effective self-regulated learning strategies.

Secondly, the study found that there were significant differences in self-regulated learning scores between preservice music teachers in different years of study. Specifically, third-year students scored higher on self-regulated learning than first-year students, indicating that experience and training may enhance self-regulation skills.

Finally, the study discussed the implications of these findings for music education and practice strategies. The authors suggested that music teachers should encourage their students to develop self-regulated learning skills and provide feedback and guidance on effective practice strategies. Additionally, the authors recommended that music education programs should incorporate training on self-regulated learning and personality traits to help students become more effective learners and musicians.

In conclusion, this study provides valuable insights into the complex relationships between self-regulated learning, personality traits, and instrument practice. By understanding these factors, music educators and students can develop more effective learning strategies and achieve their musical goals.

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