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Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science, Toronto, Canada




This study draws on two existing lines of research: blocked and random practice orders and judgment of learning. University wind and brass students practiced three short technical tasks in either a repetitive order or a random order during two practice sessions. Retention testing occurred 24 hours and 1 week after the second practice session. Performances were evaluated for accuracy, speed, and evenness. Woodwind players benefited from a random practice order. A secondary research question was drawn from judgment of learning research in motor learning and metacognition. At the end of the second practice session, participants predicted the metronome marking at which they would play each music task. Predictions were compared with the actual tempos performed at 24-hour retention. All instruments had low to moderate correlations between predicted and performed tempos


© The Author 2011, Published by the AEC. Proceeding obtained from the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science.