One of the most common pieces of instruction that I have to give to my students is to slow down. In fact, I have to tell students to slow down so often that I'm always trying to figure out new ways to get my point across. Slow practice is important because it helps us to learn music correctly and precisely. While playing fast can be exciting and fun, it often results in sloppy or incorrect … [Read more...] about Practice Tip For Everyone: Slow Down!
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I'm delighted to review a book that fits in so nicely with the theme of my Practice Tips Series! I am a huge advocate of making piano music more accessible to families and 101 Piano Practice Tips by Tracy Selle is a great resource to help families keep their children engaged at the piano. 101 Piano Practice Tips is divided into thematic sections, so parents are sure to find ways to help their … [Read more...] about Book Review: 101 Practice Tips by Tracy Selle
I have found that as students progress, it becomes difficult for them to understand the difference between practicing the piano and playing the piano. In the beginning stages, practicing and playing seem like the same thing because the first songs a student learns are short and simple. They play them a few times and might be directed by their parent or teacher to correct something, but … [Read more...] about Practice Tip For Everyone: Practice vs. Play
Last weekend I had 8 students participate in District Achievement Auditions. It was a great experience for everyone and all 8 students received a rating of a I, which is the highest rating and allows them to advance to State Auditions. Students had to memorize and perform a piece of music for a judge and take a theory test. It is really exciting to see the results of my students' hard work … [Read more...] about OMTA District Achievement Auditions