Behaviour that is rewarded is more likely to be repeated.

Simply Music’s workshops align themselves with B.F. Skinner’s principles of ‘positivity achieved through the immediacy of results’. Our workshops are built on a solid foundation, supported by five principles:


      1. Give the learner immediate feedback.
      2. Break down the task into small steps.
      3. Repeat the directions as many times as possible.
      4. Work from the most simple to the most complex tasks.
      5. Give positive reinforcement.

    B.F. Skinner, an American psychologist and behaviourist, demonstrated back in the 1950’s, the positivity achieved through the immediacy of results:

     Firstly, the student quickly learns to be right and secondly, the Motivating effect, where the student is free of uncertainty or anxiety about success or failure. Work is pleasurable, which is important for efficient learning and generates a high level of interest and enthusiasm. Skinner says that there are five main obstacles to learning:

        1. People have a fear of failure.
        2. The task is not broken down into small enough steps.
        3. There is a lack of directions.
        4. There is also a lack of clarity in the directions.
        5. Positive reinforcement is lacking. 

      Skinner suggests that any age-appropriate skill can be taught using five principles to remedy the above problems:

          1. Give the learner immediate feedback.
          2. Break down the task into small steps.
          3. Repeat the directions as many times as possible.
          4. Work from the most simple to the most complex tasks.
          5. Give positive reinforcement.

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        In education, seeing immediate results can also be a great source of positivity and motivation. When students can see the impact of their efforts and progress towards their learning goals, they are more likely to stay engaged and motivated in their studies.

        Achieving positive results quickly can certainly boost our positivity levels. When we see tangible progress or success, we feel a sense of accomplishment and a surge of positive emotions like satisfaction, joy, and pride. This can be especially true when we have been working hard towards a specific goal, and seeing that hard work pays off in a measurable way can be incredibly motivating.

        For example, imagine you are trying to learn a new skill, like playing an instrument. If you practice every day for a week and can already play a simple song by the end of the week, you’ll likely feel a sense of pride and satisfaction that will motivate you to keep practising. Similarly, if you’re trying to lose weight and you see the numbers on the scale going down after just a few days of healthy eating and exercise, you’ll likely feel encouraged and motivated to keep going.

        Of course, not all goals can be achieved quickly, and not all progress is immediately visible. In some cases, it can take a while to see the results of our hard work, and that can be discouraging. In those cases, it’s important to focus on the process rather than just the outcome and to find joy and satisfaction in the small steps we take towards our goals. We can also remind ourselves that progress is often nonlinear and that setbacks and challenges are a natural part of the journey towards success.

        Some of the most important skills and knowledge gained through education, such as creativity and collaboration may not have immediate or easily quantifiable results. In these cases, it’s important to help students understand the value of these skills and to provide them with opportunities to practice and develop them.

        Overall, achieving positive results quickly can be a powerful motivator for students in education, but it’s important to remember that learning is a process that often requires sustained effort and perseverance.

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