How to Learn — Practice Tips

Music teachers will assign exercises and pieces for students to work on between lessons, assuming that both the student and the teacher are on the same page regarding the definition of “practice”.  Even students who have been playing for years may not have a very clear idea of what it means to practice effectively (I know that it took me several years, and I’m still working on the art of practicing!).  With my students, I like to make the distinction between “practice” and “play”.  Both of these elements are vital to a student’s growth, but practice is often avoided (usually inadvertently) in favor of play.  Below are a few tips that may increase the efficacy of your practice regimen. Continue reading