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Practice Research: study shows faster, better learning

New practice research suggests ways to make learning more efficient. Thanks to cognitive researchers we are understanding more and more about how the brain processes information. A practice research study published in

The Weird and Wonderful Uvula

The Weird and Wonderful Uvula What do uvulas have to do with flute playing and teaching? Quite a bit, actually. Read on for a wacky slow motion video of the uvula

Goal Setting for the Practice Room

Goal Setting should be part of every musician’s practice session. There are many kids of goals in music. Some goals will be achieved within a single practice session, others will take longer

Karate Chops for Woodshedding

Use Karate Chops to break up the notes and make woodshedding fun! Karate masters break boards and bricks to show their mastery of a skill. Musicians can use music “karate chops”

Flute Resources Online

Flute Resources Online There are many places on the internet offering materials related to the flute. Here are a few of my favorites. http://www.kimcollinsflute.com/resources-and-info.html This private flute teacher’s website has links

Improvisation Inspiration

Improvisation Inspiration As part of my “file cabinet” method for organizing practice, I encourage everyone to add improvisation to their daily practice. Remember, improvisation can take lots of different forms

Yoga Wisdoms for the Practice Room

I find it fascinating that we use the same word for studying music and spending time on the yoga mat. I practice music. I practice yoga. Time spent in the studio playing

Music Humor: A Venn Diagram

Something Silly To Make You Smile “Humor relies on the unexpected” and it “tickles the brain.” But I think good jokes have at their center a core of truth. (Joe Moran

Practice Session, part 6: Review

Review: Time to Revisit, Reflect, and Plan. The sixth and final part of a productive practice session wraps everything up and puts a bow on it. If you’re just starting this

Practice Session, part 5: Improvisation

Improvisation: Beyond the Lesson Materials. The fifth part of a practice session should include music that you love. If you’re just starting this blog series, be sure to read the