Tag : practice hacks

Marking Rhythms (Miss It? Mark It! part 4)

Marking Rhythms (Miss It? Mark It! part 4) This is the fourth article in a series about “marking music,” providing visual solutions to problems musicians encounter during practice. Our brains

New Ideas for Marking Music (part 5 of Miss It? Mark It!)

Miss It? Mark It! part 5 A new student arrived at her lesson this week with music beautifully colored. Last week I had encouraged Madeline* to write in her music.

Game for scales- major, minor, and chromatic

Scales can be mindlessly boring… or scales can be tolerable. (If I said playing scales was the most exciting thing in the world, you would know I was lying and you

Woodshedding: The Articulation Game Woodshedding: The Articulation Game

“Woodshedding” is musician-speak for practicing, especially when working on difficult passages. Woodshedding is the process of isolating a hard section of the music and practicing it until the technical issues

Rhythm Silliness

Every lesson I teach is an adventure. I never know exactly what to expect when a student walks through the door. Flexibility and creativity are my best friends on lesson

Motivation: A Teacher’s Perspective

Far more time is spent in the practice room than the performance hall. I have been teaching private music lessons since 1995. One of my primary goals as a teacher

Practicing Upside Down Practicing Upside Down

Our brains crave novelty. Literally turning things upside down can give us the new perspective we need. Feel stuck in your practice? Are your kids complaining the music is “too

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