Advantages of Creative Study for Musical Instrument Learning in General, and with Particular Reference to the Violin

Onay E.

JOURNAL OF EDUCATION AND FUTURE-EGITIM VE GELECEK DERGISI, ss.119-128, 2015 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.119-128


Playing a musical instrument requires a particular coordination of brain activity and muscular movements. In general the muscles involved are small muscles. A student of any musical instrument needs to practise in order to present the interpretation that one would like to show. This practice focuses on the coordination of both hands, musical and technical timing, tone and technique rather than muscular workout. The learning rate of our brain, together with the smooth communication of the brain and organs which perform these abilities, determine the rate at which new works can be learned, and at which the corresponding physical abilities can be acquired. Researches show that the main brain activities are very intense during the early phases of learning and then new abilities are absorbed into some kind of an ability memory, after which brain activities turn to normal levels. In this article we discuss how this influences the design of new methods of instrumental learning through creative study methods, with particular reference to the violin, which will give new learning principles for students of musical instruments, avoiding wasting time on excessive mechanical repetition of difficult passages, which will help them to reach new technical and creative levels.