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Learning to Learn: Research and Methods for Musicians for Effective Results

This research paper focuses on how the mind learns and retains information and applies it to learning an instrument. Through various research drawn from other fields and real-life experiences, information is drawn from studies on habit development, mental strength and repetition as an hypothesis for how teachers in the field of music can better teach and how students can better learn and retain skills. Findings from research on the Pomodoro Technique,

Zeigarnik Effect, Field Theory, and Flow State are central to the ideas in this paper which suggest modern ways in which musicians should be practicing given the research at hand. This paper challenges some norms in pedagogy and strives to create a new chapter in learning within the field of music. Afterall, “Learning to learn is arguably the most important factor for academic success.” This paper aims to assist with that.

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