FOR STUDENTS

WHAT IS PRACTICE

Practice really isnít about sitting at the piano for 30 minutes everyday. Practice is about what happens in whatever time you spend at your instrument.

Like a dancer, you move until the movement becomes effortless.

Like the athlete, you do exercises that make you stronger.

Like a scholar, you use your mind to find the answers and look for clues.

Like an artist, you carefully choose the right sounds that communicate your idea.

Each person’s journey will be different.


 

TIPS FOR GOOD PRACTICE

Right first, then fast. Slow, accurate practice puts strong signals into the muscles that can later be accelerated to a flawless performance tempo.

Fingering is the key to faster play. Good technique builds flawless speed.

Proper posture of hands, arms and body plays a critical role in advancing performance. Fingers should be naturally curved with all fingers over the keys. The body should be supported, but relaxed.

Feel the heartbeat of music and place your notes to the rhythm of the music.

See the landscape of phrasing and dynamics and use them to paint the picture or tell the story with sound.

Make your music beautiful. Listen for the rich tones of your instrument. Make it sing the melodies and dance the rhythms.

Memory releases us from the page and lets us connect more intensely to the sounds we are creating.

Visit the Practice Steps page for more tips.