music practice strategies

It’s quickly moving to the busy end of the year, with concerts, school events, and Christmas parties galore approaching. I’m sure that after everything that’s happened this year, we’re all very aware of just how much being out of a regular routine impacts our ability to practise effectively. This is why it’s super important to make practice a habit, an everyday event that happens at the same time or is tied into another everyday event.

If you’ve found your family has unintentionally fallen off the piano practice wagon, don’t wait for life to settle down! It never will! Find something you do every day–breakfast, homework, walking the dog etc–and make music the thing you do either immediately before or after.

Don’t put the pressure on to ‘practice’ or to practice well; just make the effort to sit down and play something, anything at all. From little things, big things grow ūüôā

If you’re still struggling to find practice strategies, check out this book from Nicola Cantam, Practice Pie: The step-by-step guide to helping your child enjoy their music practice.

I am loving hearing all the different variations of our Christmas carol, with students proving that creativity is a huge part of what we do, and not just learning notes. I can’t wait to share them all with you!¬†Here is a link¬†to a suitably¬†Halloween-y transcription by two famous pianists (Liszt and Horowitz) of an orchestral work, Danse Macabre, by the French composer Saint-Seans¬†for some Halloween listening inspiration.

If someone you know is interested in starting music lessons in Port Macquarie in the new year, it’s time to plan your 2022 calendar and book a lesson time to suit.

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