Physical movement and imagery in professional and undergraduate student solo marimba practice

Broughton, Mary and Stevens, Catherine (2009). Physical movement and imagery in professional and undergraduate student solo marimba practice. In: Aaron Williamon, Sharman Pretty and Ralph Buck, ISPS 2009: 2nd International Symposium on Performance Science. International Symposium on Performance Science, Auckland, NZ, (531-536). 15-18 December, 2009.

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Author Broughton, Mary
Stevens, Catherine
Title of paper Physical movement and imagery in professional and undergraduate student solo marimba practice
Conference name International Symposium on Performance Science
Conference location Auckland, NZ
Conference dates 15-18 December, 2009
Proceedings title ISPS 2009: 2nd International Symposium on Performance Science
Place of Publication Utrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Association Europeenne des Conservatories
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9789490306014
ISSN 1876-9187
Editor Aaron Williamon
Sharman Pretty
Ralph Buck
Start page 531
End page 536
Total pages 6
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Cognitive strategies and imagery are important features of expert musical practice. Movement imagery is important for developing note-accurate marimba performance. We report findings of a study where four professional marimba players and four undergraduate student marimba players completed questionnaires regarding their practice strategies and use of imagery in performance preparation. Since pedagogical marimba practice involves developing movement imagery, each participant also completed the Movement Imagery Questionnaire (MIQ-R) to measure subjective kinesthetic and visual imagery ability. As expected, professional musicians’ qualitative reports of practice were driven by cognitive strategies. The student musicians reported more regular practice habits focusing primarily on physical practice. Profession al musicians reported use of imagery in practice more often than student musicians. As predicted professional musicians’ kinesthetic imagery was significantly greater than student musicians’. Contrary to prediction no significant difference was observed between professional and student musicians’ visual imagery. Results offer some support for a pedagogical approach to marimba playing specifically aimed at developing note-accurate performance through kinesthetic awareness and imagery.
Keyword Practice
Music imagery
Movement imagery
Marimba performance
Musical expertise
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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