This month’s wisdom addresses 2 good practicing tips.
- Try to eliminate any distractions. Music is about making wonderful sounds with your instrument or your singing voice. You need to listen to the music you are making. You need to concentrate. You need to be able to hear it clearly. Ask your family members to please let you practice without interruption, to turn off the television and radio, and to perhaps hold their conversations and phone calls in another room for 20-30 minutes. Families can help if the music student and the others agree on a practice time that works for the student as well as the other people in the house. It is a give and take situation. Thanking them will let them know that you appreciate their cooperation.
- Start and end each practice period with a piece you enjoy. Practice time is your time to make music, to enjoy the very reason you are taking music lessons: because you love music and you want to make music. Warm up on something that energizes you. After working through your practice tasks that were given to you at your last lesson, then finish with another favorite song. Also, take this time to try to create your own music. Both pianists and singers can start with a few notes, and let your instrument, which may be your voice, continue and see what you come up with that is all yours! Remember, we talk about playing Have fun: play!