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Providing Further Training in Musicophysiology to Instrumental Teachers: Do Their Professional and Preprofessional Students Derive Any Benefit?

Horst Hildebrandt, Matthias Nübling
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 19 Number 2: Page 62 (June 2004)

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Abstract: The objective of this study was to establish whether instrumental teachers and their students would derive any benefit from advanced education and training in musicophysiologic theory and practice. It was hypothesized that this training would have a positive effect on the teaching styles of teachers and that the changes would be noticed by their pupils, who would improve their playing habits. Twenty-six instrumental teachers and 66 of their students (allocated to the test or the control group) participated in an evaluation that was to be assessed by means of standardized questionnaires. During a summer semester, teachers in the test group attended a 2- hour weekly course focusing on the sensory and psychomotor systems of musicians, whereas teachers in the control group were excluded from these courses. Based on a pre-to-post measurement, the teachers in the test group, in contrast to the teachers in the control group, noted that they had become more responsible for instructions and more precise related to playing movements. When compared with the control group, the student test group in retrospect noted a change in the teaching style of their teachers in verbal instructions and in guidance of posture and playing-related movements. These findings need to be confirmed with longer term and randomized studies.

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