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Learner autonomy in music performance practices

Cheng, Lee; Wong, Paulina Wai Ying; Lam, Chi Ying


Lee Cheng

Paulina Wai Ying Wong

Chi Ying Lam


The language of music shares a number of basic processing mechanisms with natural languages, yet studies of learner autonomy in music education are rare. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of fostering music students’ learner autonomy in performance practice through a series of curriculum changes. A mixed-methods approach, including a questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews, was used to investigate two cohorts of music education students (N = 74) from Hong Kong. The analysis reveals the students’ autonomous learner characteristics, including the ability to formulate their own learning strategies, identify both musical and non-musical weaknesses and take appropriate steps to improve their performance skills.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 1, 2020
Publication Date 2020-11
Deposit Date Aug 10, 2021
Journal British Journal of Music Education
Print ISSN 0265-0517
Electronic ISSN 1469-2104
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 3
Pages 234-246
Keywords Learner autonomy, performance practice, music curriculum, higher music education
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