Investigation of the Application of Learning Theory in Music Lessons of Higher Education

Chen-Yan DAI


This paper reviews the learning theory paradigm that I applied in higher education’s music teaching, explains my teaching practices and approach in details, analyses and clarifies the usage extent of the related learning theories (including theories that have been referenced and not been referenced) in my current teaching. In order to achieve a breakthrough on the basis of my teaching, this paper investigates the application of multiple intelligences in teaching with students as a target by means of case study. This case study which extends a number of weeks is very effective. The analysis of the findings suggests that multiple Intelligence tests, to some degree, let students know themselves better, push them to self-reflect and be more aware of their advantages and disadvantages, thus enabling them to achieve further self-improvement. As a piano teacher, I feel that the application of multiple intelligences can make our teaching become more individualized, and finally create a differentiated classroom according to each student’s advantages. This paper argues that learning theory paradigms involving teachers in the research and analysis of contemporary teaching methods are effective ways of fostering and encouraging students in music learning in higher education.


Learning Theories, Behaviorism, Multiple Intelligence, Music Intelligence, Higher Education, One-to-One Piano Lessons


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