Practice time is precious because of the myriad demands for our attention. Wasting it by messing around is counterproductive to our success. One illuminating solution, for more productive practice, is to know how we spend our time practicing. Do we carefully plan out our activities or do we run willy-nilly in all directions? It has been claimed that 90% of young music students play a piece through once, not even stopping to correct mistakes. Here is a way to find out where you stand. At your next practice record yourself on your phone. Later in the day listen back and ask yourself:
1. How did I spend my time?
2. How focused and methodical was I?
3. How did I sound?
4. What did I accomplish?
5. Did I meet my preplanned goal?
For more on practice habits, as observed in the wild, check this out:
If I can help you manage your time, call me.
Revised September 2022
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.