Abstract


INDIVIDUAL INSTRUMENT PRACTICE HABITS OF PROFESSIONAL MUSIC EDUCATION STUDENTS

The study aims to determine the individual instrument practice habits of the students who receive professional music education and to analyse whether they vary according to different variables. The correlational survey model, a non-experimental quantitative research method, was employed in this study. The study data were gathered from 255 people practising professional music at Ataturk University. In the study, as data collection tools "The instrument Practice Habits Scale" and personal information form were used. The data was examined using descriptive statistical methods such as frequency and percentage, as well as predictive statistical methods such as t-test and ANOVA. In the study result, it was observed that the general practice habits of the students were high according to the scores obtained from the scale of individual instrument practice habits. The scores of male students are higher than female students, and the scores of students graduating from other high schools are higher than those of fine arts high school graduates. Also, the results of the study show that there are differences in terms of grade level and time allocated to the practice but that there are no significant differences concerning other variables. Practice habits can be regarded as a factor affecting student performance. In individual instrument training, the teacher should develop the students' skill of preparing and applying a structured exercise program. During the instrument practice process, it can be assumed that doing planned practice and using time efficiently may have positive effects on the student. It may be suggested that the new researches which focusing on practice habits in individual instrument training should be designed with multidimensional models that used qualitative techniques like observation and interview, based not only on scale data.



Keywords

Music, instrument training, practice strategies, preparing to practice


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