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L’impact de différents types d’activités de pratique sur l’interprétation musicale

Résumé du projet

Musicians seek to develop highly refined psychomotor skills. They commonly acknowledge that they must practice a lot in order to learn, improve, and maintain their performance skills. They also agree that practice is a time-consuming and often tedious chore. Despite this problem, researchers have directed little attention toward identifying optimal practice techniques.

This research project wants to examine the effects of four different types of practice conditions on the improvement of piano performance. Young musicians (7-12, 13-17, university students) will participate in a pre-test and post-test experiment using different treatment conditions. The conditions considered are silent practice (working with the score away from the keyboard), practicing at a silent keyboard (activating the keys but no sounds are produced), listening to a recording (the piece being studied is repeated over and over again), experimenting with Dalcroze Eurhythmic activities (a music education method that use the whole body movement to teach every aspect of music). The dependant variables are performance time, number of pitch errors, number of rhythm error (measured by MIDI data collected during the performance at the keyboard) and, musical expression and overall artistic value (measured by expert jury accessing performances on videos).

Les communications ou les publications liées à ce projet

Les résultats préliminaires de cette recherche ont fait l’objet d’une communication présentée le 11 mai 2009 dans le cadre du 77e Congrès de l’Acfas qui s’est tenu à l’Université d’Ottawa du 11 au 15 mai 2009.


  • $1 275, BDR, Subvention institutionnelle CRSH, 2009

Chercheur principal

  • Louise Mathieu


Assistant(s) de recherche

  • Ariane Nantel