Having an explicit long-term commitment is a key indicator of future progress.
In a study conducted by Australian music educator Dr Gary McPherson, children were asked how long they thought they might persist with learning their instrument. The options ranged from ‘just this year’ to ‘throughout my whole life.’ Responses were then categorised as short, medium, or long-term commitments and practice patterns were measured. The finding was that children with the idea that music learning was a lifelong commitment were practising, and hence progressing significantly better than the other children. Even with the same amount of practice, the long-term commitment group was far ahead of the others.
from ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’ by Michael Griffin
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