Optimal Conditions in the Studio

Julie F. Troum, Ph.D.

Training musicians may progress at a faster rate when their teachers provide instruction in an autonomy-supportive (AS) way. Here are four ways in which indicate teachers may foster an autonomy-supportive studio:

  1. Express confidence in students’ abilities (Gagne, 2003: Sierens, Pansteenkiste, Goossens, Soenens, & Dochy, 2009)
  2. Acknowledge students’ goals and perspectives (Troum, 2010)
  3. Provide informational feedback (Deci, Vallerand, Pelletier, & Ryan, 1991)
  4. Provide rationale for materials, tasks ( Deci, Vallerand, Pelletier, & Ryan, 1991)

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