Using Smart Music to assess the impact of deliberate practice on high school students in concert band
A priority need for the high school band is researched based, sophisticated and relevant means to execute both formative and summative assessments that are focused on individual student musicianship skills and growth. I require my students to maintain practice logs and journals. I keep detailed records of how often the students take their instruments home during the schooldays and weekends – essentially the quantity of practice. However, I have not found an effective way to monitor the quality of student practice. This is a paramount issue that I must remedy because research states that there is an explicit relationship between the quantity of practice and skill levels achieved. Technology may be the solution. Can the use of the web-based music software, Smart Music be used to encourage the concept of deliberate, focused practice to increase musicianship and assessment scores, as well as, effective and structured practice techniques?