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Practice Builds Better Brains

Music instruction is better for children’s brains than “sports, theater or dance.”  Save the link to this article and read again after a big fight with your kid about practicing.

Practice Hacks: The Pencil Problem

The pencil monster struck again. I was listening to my 8 year-old daughter while she was practicing. She was playing the flute in her room and I stepped in to

Miss It? Mark It! Part 3 (pencil marks)

Adding pencil marks to music are effective in helping learn new material. But exactly what parts should be marked and what symbols are helpful? If a mistake happens consistently, try to

Miss It? Mark It! Part 2 (How to mark music)

Do you know how to mark music? This post is the second in a series about how to mark music to aid practicing. Teachers may say “Mark it,” but don’t offer specifics. Here’s

Parenting and Practicing

It’s clear I’m not the only parent thinking about how to motivate my kids to practice. Check out this article by Anthony Mazzocchi: www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/01/31/give-ownership-practicing-instrument-child/ There are a lot of solid

Yoda

I have this sign on my music stand. It makes me smile. My students read it in Yoda’s voice and we laugh. I know that “perfect practice makes perfect performance,”

Miss It? Mark It! Practical Advice for Music Practice.

A good rule is that if something is missed twice during music practice, it needs to be marked. But how exactly is music “marked?” We musicians have a bad habit

The first post

A blog about practice, for musicians and the people who love them. The first post. A couple of days ago a Facebook friend posted an article titled “Why Students Really Quit