What is practice math? Kim practices 10 minutes a day and Rachel puts in 60 minutes a day.
…and a year goes by.
Now let’s compare experiences.
Kim is having the time of his life, he’s learned a few pieces, played in a recital, showed off to his non-playing friends.
Rachel is also having the time of her life, she’s learned a few pieces well, played in a recital to great family fanfare, and showed off to her non-playing friends.
They are both a success. Everyone is happy, including the piano teacher, because there was clarity of purpose explicitly communicated by parents to the teacher and the child at the commencement of lessons.
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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.