Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.M. Ed.


Music Education

Committee Chair

Amchin, Robert A.

Author's Keywords

Trumpet; Freshmen; Individual practice; Self-regulation; Seniors


Trumpet--Methods--Self-instruction; Practicing (Music)--Psychological aspects; Trumpet--Instruction and study; Trumpet players


The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate how four college music students-two seniors and two freshmen-practice as they prepare an etude. Participants were all trumpet players. All participants completed two videotaped sessions of fifteen minutes each. During these sessions, the participants were given one etude to sight-read and rehearse on their own. During the second session, a new etude was provided and the . process repeated. These sessions were self-regulated by participants. At the end of each session, participants were given a short survey asking them to describe their methods. The results of the surveys were divided into categories for analysis (grade level and playing experience; and details on techniques used). The videos were analyzed as a supplement in understanding the participants' comments, as well as to discover any additional apparent differences or common themes in pacing and focus between the students. Results showed that each student used different techniques to learn the etude, but the seniors' answers indicated a larger influence of private lessons on their practice routines. Suggestions for future research in the area of practice routines for instrumentalists are offered.