Context Learning

Understanding context learning when practicing music is one of the most important things you can do. First, a couple of pointers about context learning.

  • We learn in one context at a time. Therefore you need to practice in many ways to help you get a global understanding of the concepts you are attempting to master.
  • Context Learning is about the things you practice but also about the way you practice.
  • Context Learning is also includes where you practice and your total environment.

Here are some ways to prepare yourself with Context Learning before beginning the exercises:

If you play an instrument have the instrument at hand even if you don’t play it as you do these exercises. Just its tactile proximity will make you think of how an exercise relates to it. 

  • If you play an instrument have the instrument at hand even if you don’t play it as you do these exercises. Just its tactile proximity will make you think of how an exercise relates to it. 
  • If you can play along with the audio tracks and also sing the notes when prompted will greatly increase the exercises effectiveness.

If you can do the exercises in different environments it will help with cognitive learning: 

  • Try practicing in different rooms of your house. 
  • Try practicing these exercises with other musicians. 
  • Try practicing these exercises in front of other people. 
  • Try practicing these exercises at different times of the day. 

As you can see, developing Context Learning skills isn’t something you learn overnight. You will need: 

  • The right state of mind.
  • The right state of mind.
  • To build up your memory
  • Organizational skills
  • The right information to work with
  • Concentration
  • Flexibility in your thinking. That is to have the awareness that sometimes you might be your own worst enemy when you close your mind to changing your habits or your ideas about to how or what you need to practice.
  • Undivided attention
  • To develop a basic understanding of how music works so that you can store information in a logical way.

As you can see Context Learning is a skill that takes time to develop. All of our Practice Perfect Applied Ear Training Courses come with a PDF that discusses Context Learning and many other aspects of learning.