Accelerated Learning: Music Lessons

Mar 08, 15 Accelerated Learning: Music Lessons

What is accelerated learning?

The idea of individualised learning styles originated in the 1970s, but within the last 25 years, science has suggested that tailoring education to a student’s preferred learning style can help them understand a concept much quicker than just hearing about a topic, or reading it on paper. A common and widely-used model of learning style is Fleming’s (2001) Visual Auditory Kinesthetic (VAK) model, which has recently been elaborated into a few more specific styles. According to this model, most people possess a dominant or preferred learning style; however some people have a mixed and evenly balanced blend of styles. Here is an example of the VAK learning model broken down into a table:


Aural You prefer to learn using sound and music
Visual You prefer to learn using pictures and images
Verbal You prefer to learn using words in speech and writing
Kinesthetic You prefer to learn using your body or hands/ senses of touch
Social You prefer to learn in groups or with others
Solitary You prefer to work alone and self-study
Logical You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems


If you are interested in discovering your personal learning style, click here to take quick test,  designed by Swinburne University of Technology


The advantages

The benefits of accelerated learning in music study and lessons include:

  • Easily comprehending information, as it is presented to you in a variety of appealing methods
  • Achieving your music and academic goals faster
  • Excelling academically in all areas of learning and study, beyond music


Lessons with Laura Pengelly

In my lessons, I combine a mixture of accelerated learning methods with blended learning (using technology and paper-based learning) to tailor an efficient means of meeting your goals, particularly in music theory and musicianship. Using my own laptop and internet, I guide students through various fun online activities, including educational games, quizzes, flash cards, music engraving, and practice exams. Providing enjoyable and assorted learning experiences ensures my students retain a higher degree of knowledge from content learnt in lessons.