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date: 17 September 2019

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Both the quantity and the quality of instrumental practice contribute to the performer’s expertise. This chapter describes present knowledge about the relationship between expertise and an early starting age, accumulated practice time and practice at a particular time, as well as strategies for qualitative practice in relation to planning, conducting (execution) and evaluation of practice. Rehearsing in small groups and the role of the learning environment is also addressed. Despite considerable progress in research on instrumental practice over the last 30 years, there are still areas where we know relatively little. The chapter ends with suggestions for important areas for further research.

Keywords: instrumental practice, practice strategies, quantity, quality

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