I was recently listening to an interview that Marc Maron had with the actor Timothy Olyphant on his podcast “WTF” and caught a terrific soundbite that I thought was fantastically insightful. He was describing a realization he had about learning a tell-tale sign that the work he was doing was both high in quality and… Read More Will you appear in the “blooper reel”?
I’m happy to share that a chapter I’ve been working on with some terrific colleagues has recently been published in the book Connecting Self-regulated Learning and Performance with Instruction Across High School Content Areas. The book is relatively unique in that it is devoted entirely to building bridges between learning theory and specific, actionable teaching… Read More Teaching Kids to Teach Themselves
Last year included the first full academic year of Music and Mind Lab meetings and activities at the IU Jacobs School of Music. I thought I’d post a quick note about some of the fun and exciting things we were able to do together as we begin looking forward to another productive year. Some quick… Read More The IU JSOM Music and Mind Lab: A Year in Review
Hello! Click below for slides from my presentation today at the Indiana Music Educator’s Professional Development Conference… The science of music performance skill acquisition: Planning, executing, and reflecting for achievement Presentation slides All the best, Pete Miksza
This week I had the pleasure of giving an invited talk for the IU student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (IU SNATS). I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work with extremely fine singers and committed vocal pedagogues on a regular basis in my courses and very much enjoyed speaking with the… Read More Motivation: Growth, self-beliefs, and attributions, oh my…
I wanted to write a quick post to share my excitement about a new research group starting up at IU called: SMiLE: Science of Music in Learning and Experience. The purpose of the group is to cultivate conversations about music research among students and faculty across departments in the school of music and across units on… Read More A SMiLE-ing experiment
I’m happy to be reporting on a recent study that I’ve had published in the journal, Psychology of Music: The Effect of Self-Regulation Instruction on the Performance Achievement, Musical Self-efficacy, and Practicing of Advanced Wind Players In essence, the study was designed to assess the relative benefits of (1) instruction for practicing that included explanations and… Read More Experimenting with efficient practice: Plan-Perform-Reflect
One of the most exhilarating yet, enigmatic things about teaching, learning and researching music is trying to comprehend the sheer variety of ways that musical experiences can be meaningful to people. Over the past few months I’ve found myself coming back again and again to three “tunes” that have been part of my listening repertoire… Read More Beauty, Motion, and Home – Listening to Music