On Incentive and Reward

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This video raises a number of questions in terms of incentive and personal drive in music education and in the music business in general.

While there is one cringe-worthy moment (where music is held up as an example of fun and volunteerism), overall I think there are some key points to consider:

  • Does the reward system used in some music classrooms today work? Instead of rewarding for practice hours, might be we better off encouraging journaling?
  • Do musicians and musician organizations need to step up with new, radical ideas like these? …how?
  • What does this say about our own motivations and incentives for reward and recognition?

For I myself as a blogger, the point about giving away things really hit home.

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The final point at the end of this video is worth recanting. With concrete tasks and goals, rewards can work. However, if deep cognition and thought is involved a reward system may actually hurt performance.

What do you think?

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