We have lunchtime, bath time, snack time, and so on. Now that your child is learning to play piano, it’s practice time. But what does that involve? How do you get the tasks done and keep it fun? Just like any of the “times” above, it occurs everyday. Sometimes more than once. Practice must then […]
This week I have invited private students, along with Sunbeams 2 and 3 students, to attend a workshop entitled Calming the Practice Monster. And although it sounds silly, the practice monster is real. He is the anxiety you face when you have a new song to work on. He is the nerves you encounter before a […]
I just wanted to share this blog posting from Frances Balodis, Founder of Music For Young Children. It makes a great point about getting your practice in each week- do it when you can 🙂 There are so many pearls of wisdom on this blog, that I could read all day. Enjoy!
Okay folks, now you have your first assignment– a bonus one, yes, I know- but even if the page isn’t fully checked off come the first week of September, you really ought to get back to the bench (or book) and start practicing. Athletes don’t run the big race without warmups and test runs. I […]
I’ve stumbled upon a few radio interviews (check them out here) with great performers, some Canadian gems. I find it weird (okay, kinda appalling) that some were bribed with candy to practice as a child. I may have a pizza party now and then, but sorry, I won’t be handing out sugary junk every time […]
I have been painting my kitchen and living room over the past few days, and was reminded of a practice tip I heard from a music parent. They use painter’s tape to stick the printed off homework sheet to the wall, right above their children’s piano. Then they always have what needs to be done […]