Practice is essential to learning music; the more you practice, the more quickly you will grow as a musician. We strongly recommend a minimum of twenty minutes of practice, five days a week.
- Practice slowly and carefully – thinking constantly of what you are trying to accomplish. Concentrate on the work at hand and avoid automatic practice.
- Practice short sections of a song at one time. Keyboard players should practice hands separately first, then hands together. Wind players should practice fingering a difficult passage before actually playing it.
- Repeat each difficult part in the music until it can be correctly played three times in a row. (Once is accidental, twice is coincidental, and three times mastery.) Merely playing the music through once does not constitute practicing.
- Incorporate the proper rhythm, fingering, phrasing, articulation, and dynamics in your practices from the very first time you play a piece. Playing the correct notes is only a very small part of learning music.
- A few minutes of thorough practice are worth hours of haphazard, careless work. You’ve heard it said that “practice makes perfect”; though the truth is that only perfect practice makes perfect.
- Remember, no question you have is unimportant. That is why you take lessons. Communication between student and teacher is essential to learning.