The purpose of this research was to determine whether there was a correlation between musicians’ perceptual learning modalities and preferred memorization styles. College instrumentalists (n = 82) completed the Musical Memorization Inventory (MMI) designed to measure preferred memorization styles (aural, visual, kinesthetic) and the Learning Styles Test (LST) and Vark Questionnaire designed to measure preferred learning modalities (aural, visual, kinesthetic). Generally, weak correlations were found between preferred learning modalities and memorization styles with only visual learners tending to prefer visual memorization strategies (r = .34). Visual learners tended to use visual memorization strategies more frequently; however few musicians used visual strategies in isolation (2.53%) rather combining visual strategies with kinesthetic (22.78%) and kinesthetic and aural strategies (16.46%). Based on the results of this study, strategies used for memorizing music are, to a large extent, independent of learning modality preferences
"Correlating Musical Memorization Styles and Perceptual Learning Modalities,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 9, Article 4.
Available at: https://opencommons.uconn.edu/vrme/vol9/iss1/4